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The common denominator behind the opposition to fetal pain legislation and Abortion Pill Reversal

by | Feb 20, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

Earlier this morning I checked with Ingrid Duran, NRLC’s very capable director of State Legislation for the latest figures. She told me that five states have passed measures to inform women about the possibility of Abortion Pill Reversal and another three states have introduced measures during the current legislative session.

What made me think of this on a snowy day in Washington, DC was when I re-read (yet again) a “Perspective” piece that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. It was written by two veteran pro-abortionists whose every thought, it seems, must find a home in some journal.

They are members of a small army of pro-abortionists taking yet another run at the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) which the Abortion Industry hates beyond measure. We’ve written about the APR dozens of times and have critiqued critics of APR numerous times.

Besides the ubiquitous anti-life amicus that ripples through them, is there a common denominator in the opposition to the Abortion Pill Reversal bill as well as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act?

For newcomers, the latter says, it is an abomination, no matter where you stand on the abortion issue, to tear apart an unborn child who has developed to the point where she can feel pain. The latter says merely let’s upgrade informed consent laws to tell women that should they change their mind half-way through the two-drug chemical abortion procedure, there is a good chance they can reverse the effect of the first drug, provided they hadn’t taken the second drug.

Let’s first back up for a second. What is the most common critical refrain any pro-life initiative hears? It’s a “woman’s choice.”

But APR is a “woman’s choice.” It is genuinely a choice, not one she was rushed into or coerced into. So, what do pro-abortionists say to that?

APR is “fake science,” aka unproven, so they are not really “helping” these women who have come to regret their decisions.

What about fetal pain legislation? Guess what? Pro-abortionists reach into their bag of sophistry and pull out…” fake science.”

What can we say? Well, with respect to the APR protocol what about the hundreds and hundreds of healthy babies who have been saved, not to mention women who are currently pregnant awaiting delivery?

What about pain-capable legislation? We could—and we have–provided the many studies that demonstrate the unborn child is quite capable of experiencing pain by the 20th week. As NRLC President Carol Tobias said at a press conference when the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was formally introduced in the Senate

It is common to read in articles about this legislation that unborn children do not have the capacity to experience pain at 20 weeks fetal age. Those kinds of claims ignore the facts.

There is a large body of evidence that includes testimony from such experts on fetal pain as Professors Kanwaljeet “Sunny” Anand and Colleen Malloy.

In a 10-page report submitted to a federal court and accepted as expert testimony, Prof. Anand wrote, “It is my opinion that the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children.”

Dr. Anand does not wish to be drawn into the abortion debate but his testimony stands.

So, my question is this. What if there comes to be indisputable evidence to demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt both that the unborn child can experience pain by 20 weeks and that chemical abortions can be reversed?

The answer? It would make absolutely no difference to the pro-abortionists. None. They just cling to these excuses now because the media megaphone repeats them uncritically.

The real common denominator? That pro-abortionists want unlimited abortions for any reason, or none, throughout pregnancy—and, if you push them, many would say beyond birth. (See pro-abortion Va. Gov. Ralph Northam, as just one current example.)

And it’s just too bad if unborn children suffer unimaginable pain while being ripped to pieces. And tough luck if an aborting woman comes to her senses and wants to save her baby.

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