“Science has proven no such thing”

Congressman Goodlatte and the vast majority of his Republican House colleagues (even Tim Murphy) on Tuesday passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill, clearly designed to chip away at the right of a woman to choose to terminate a pregnancy , is based on the dubious belief that fetuses are capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks– in the middle of the second trimester, when abortion is currently legal under the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

According to Goodlatte:

At 20 weeks babies hear music, respond to human voices, and, most importantly, they can feel pain.

But Chris Gavaler notes with plenty of backing at the Dear Bob blog:

This is a lie. Science has proven no such thing. The majority of scientific studies supports pain-capability at 24 weeks, 27-28 weeks, or 29-30 weeks.

As is often the case, Goodlatte seems more concerned about children before they are born than after they are born.

Update: A Democratic fact sheet on this misbegotten bill.

One thought on ““Science has proven no such thing”

  1. Jeffery Clevenger

    Bob is trying to take Medicaid away from young women and return to the good old days where a young woman’s first visit to a doctor was not her pediatrician, but a clinic as a pregnant teen. How about real healthcare for all Americans so we will virtually eliminate unwanted pregnancies. Bob’s bill is misguided by his personal Christian Science beliefs which must not be a part of American legislation.

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