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Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act Could 'Backfire'

Contact: Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International (LDI), 540-631-0380, ext. 22, media@fightpp.org

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- Douglas R. Scott, Jr., president of Life Decisions International, said today that he has "mixed feelings" about the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act. The bill, S. 51, is sponsored by pro-life champion Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kan.

S. 51 would require those who commit abortions on preborn children who are at least 20 weeks old to tell the mother who is seeking the death of her child that her baby feels pain. This would be communicated verbally and through a brochure to be developed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The bill would also require that the mother be asked if she would like her child to be given anesthesia.

"I have no doubt that preborn children can feel pain," Scott said. "In fact, I believe our brothers and sisters who reside in the womb feel pain long before 20 weeks gestation. I also believe a mother should be given as much information as possible regarding method(s) used to kill her child and that true nature of the preborn life."

Scott said he is certain that persons who get paid to commit abortions will downplay the importance of the information provided in DHHS brochure. "Abortionists will simply say the government has forced them to present the brochure. It will be given to the mother with a sneer and maybe even a chuckle, thereby negating the brochure's intended impact."

"I am convinced that allowing a mother to choose anesthesia for her preborn child will make it easier for her to choose abortion. The mother can believe she is making a benevolent choice, even as she simultaneously participates in a heinous act," Scott said. "I can hear it now. 'At least the fetus didn't feel pain,' the mother and abortion apologists will say. Anesthesia will make abortion more palatable, not less. The legislation allows a mother to anesthetize her baby. It also allows her to anesthetize her own conscience."

"I am caught in a Catch-22," Scott said. "I certainly do not want any child to feel pain. At the same time, I do not want anesthesia to be seen as a way to soften the truth about what abortion really is and does."

Scott said he hopes pro-life leaders and lawmakers have thought this issue through. "Like the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, this bill will be a vehicle for educating people, and that is a good thing. But let's be sure we have considered and analyzed the full, long-term impact of this proposed legislation. Let's pray that God will lead us. If it is determined that this bill should promoted, we should do so, even if some will use our good works and intentions for ungodly purposes."

Life Decisions International (LDI) is dedicated to challenging the Culture of Death, concentrating on exposing and fighting the agenda of Planned Parenthood. LDI's chief project is a boycott of corporations that fund the abortion-committing giant. To learn more about Planned Parenthood, please click here.