American Life League Calls the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act ‘Flawed’

February 2, 2005 - American Life League, a pro-life organization, issued a statement today challenging the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, because the Act acknowledges the legitimacy of abortion.

“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.

Last Wednesday, Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) introduced the bill to Congress, with much support from pro-life groups. The bill will recognize that unborn babies at 20 weeks gestational age or more experience severe pain when aborted. The bill will require abortionists to notify their patients and offer anesthesia for the unborn child before beginning any procedures.

Pro-family groups, including the Concerned Women for America, have embraced the bill as a reflection of “the growing knowledge and concern among Americans for unborn children.”

However, the American Life League’s statement challenged the content of the bill.

“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 specifically applies to women at least at 20 weeks after fertilization, but Brown cites, “research indicates the preborn can feel pain as early as 13 ½ weeks. What about those younger children?”

If passed, the legislation will not be a victory for pro-life groups, said American Life League. Instead, “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,” said Brown.

“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,” said Brown. “American Life League cannot favor such a flawed concept as the one that is represented in the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.”