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Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act is flawed

“At its roots, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act ultimately establishes the legitimacy of abortion in federal law, and is therefore flawed legislation,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “The bottom line is, abortion is never acceptable in any circumstance. Legislation that even tacitly acknowledges a ‘right’ to abortion cannot be considered a pro-life measure.”

After much consideration, American Life League finds that it cannot embrace the language in the bill because of its recognition of abortion. “This bill actually condones abortion as long as the mothers of some preborn children are advised to anesthetize their children before killing them,” said Brown. “The bill also sets an arbitrary threshold of 20 weeks gestational age, even though research indicates the preborn can feel pain as early as 13-1/2 weeks. What about those younger children? This is not pro-life legislation. It is a major concession to the pro-death agenda to say that it is acceptable to kill children as long as they can’t feel the pain. Pain or no pain, the child is still dead. Anesthesia does not excuse direct killing of innocent human beings.”

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), with the encouragement of some national pro-life groups, introduced the bill (S.51) in the Senate last week. “Pro-lifers need to wake up and recognize that the more we concede, the further we are from really saving women and children from the tragedy of abortion,” said Brown. “Abortion is a violent act that must never be condoned, supported, promoted or excused. Because of this undeniable truth, American Life League cannot favor such a flawed concept as the one that is represented in the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.”

Release issued: 2 Feb 05