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Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Location: Washington, DC

UNBORN CHILD PAIN AWARENESS ACT OF 2006 -- (House of Representatives - December 06, 2006)


Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 6099, The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act introduced by my colleague, Congressman Chris Smith.

This pro-information legislation ensures that women seeking an abortion are fully informed of the pain experienced by their unborn child at 20 weeks after fertilization.

In addition, the bill gives a woman the opportunity to request pain medication for her child during the abortion procedure.

Mr. Speaker, administering pain medication to an unborn child at 20 weeks of development is not a novel concept. Unborn children undergoing surgery in a mother's womb are given an anesthetic directly, and premature babies of the same age are given pain relieving drugs during medical operations.

At a minimum, a woman should be given the opportunity to request the same pain-easing medication for her unborn child.

It is time for us to do the right thing and arm women with all of the facts on abortion. I urge my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation.



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