Can a Fetus Feel Pain?

That’s the question at the heart of a new bill that uses pro-choice rhetoric to put another roadblock in the way of women seeking abortions.

In the rhetorical trenches of the culture wars, sometimes the best way to ambush your enemies is to echo them. Read some of the arguments in support of the Federal Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, which the lame duck Congress debated on Wednesday, and you’ll be forgiven if you think they were drafted by a liberal crusader for women's rights. The law is presented as protecting a woman's right to know, and to make an informed consent. "Women should not be kept in the dark," argues Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, a sponsor of the bill whose stated purpose is "to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child."


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