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Pain relief for unborn fetuses could be an option.

December 5, 2005
By: Kelly Snyder
State Capital Bureau

Physicians performing abortions could be required to offer pain relief to unborn fetuses.

Kelly Snyder has more on the bill to enact the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act.

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The bill would require doctors to give women seeking abortions the option of administering an anesthetic to the unborn child.

Republican Senator Chuck Gross says the opportunity to protect fetuses from pain prompted him to sponsor the bill.

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Contents: Since it's been discovered that very early on after gestastion an unborn baby feels pain, its something that should be offered, that information should be offered to that woman that is consdiering an abortion.

Democratic Senator Joan Bray says she would not support this bill because it is not based on the most recent science.

She says women who seek abortions want healthcare, not a political lecture when they go to the doctor's office.

From the State capitol, I'm Kelly Snyder.

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Pain relief for unborn fetuses is among the issues that will be debated next legislative sesion.

Kelly Snyder has more on the proposed requirements.

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Republican Senator Chuck Gross sponsored the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act.

He says doctors should tell women seeking abortions that their unborn fetuses can feel pain.

Democratic Senator Joan Bray says the bill does not use the most recent scientific information.

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Contents: Women want healthcare, not politics in the doctor's office. they don't want to go in and hear that the government mandates they hear a lecture. THey don't want to do that. They want appropriate information that is based on good, most recent science.

Gross says the opportunity to protect unborn fetuses from pain prompted him to sponsor the bill.

From the State Capitol, I'm Kelly Snyder.

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Offering pain medication for unborn fetuses could be a requirement for physicans performing abortions.

Kelly Snyder has more on the bill that would enact the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act.

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Women seeking abortions would have the option to administer an anesthetic to their unborn child.

Republican Senator Chuck Gross sponsored the bill and says the focus is on preventing pain to the unborn fetus.

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Contents: The bill doesn't change the legalities nor any other availabilities for women in Missouri but hopefully those who are pro-choice and those who are pro -life would agree in that process that we shouldn't cause pain to the baby.

Democratic Senator Joan Bray says she opposes the bill because women don't want political lectures in the doctor's office.

She says they want healthcare.

And she says the bill is not based on the most recent scientific information.

From the State Capitol, I'm Kelly Snyder.