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Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Becomes Law in Alabama

Governor Robert Bentley signs law protecting unborn children who can feel pain

 WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. In signing the law, Governor Bentley remarked, “I believe that life begins at conception and I signed this bill to further commit my promise to protect the life of an unborn child.” The state legislature last week passed the measure which protects from abortion the unborn child capable of feeling pain  Alabama becomes the fifth state to enact the protective law.

 “We commend Governor Bentley for quickly signing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act making Alabama the fifth state to recognize the compelling interest the state has in protecting unborn children capable of feeling pain,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).  “We are encouraged by the growing trend to enact the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and other pro-life laws that protect unborn children and help their mothers.”

In all, 50 Alabama legislators co-sponsored the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which, as drafted by the National Right to Life Committee’s state legislation department, protects the life of the unborn child at the point that they are capable of feeling pain, except when the mother “has a condition which so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion of her pregnancy to avert death or to avert serious risk of substantial or irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function or…it is necessary to preserve the life of an unborn child.” 

Further documentation on the science behind the pain of the unborn child is available at:www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.

“Today is a good day for unborn children in Alabama,” said Cheryl Ciamarra, Alabama Citizens for Life national director.  “We are proud of our pro-life state legislators and pro-life Governor Bentley for protecting pain-capable unborn children. Special thanks go to House Speaker Mike Hubbard for making this legislation a priority and to the main sponsors, Rep. Kerry Rich (Albertville) and Sen. Scott Beason (Gardendale).”

The Nebraska legislature enacted the law last year.  During this year’s spring legislative session three other states, in addition to Alabama, have passed the law: Idaho, Kansas and Oklahoma.  The National Right to Life model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is currently under consideration in Oregon and Massachusetts. A Minnesota version was vetoed by pro-abortion Governor Mark Dayton.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Alabama Legislature Sends Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to Governor

WASHINGTON – With less than 30 minutes before the midnight deadline, the Alabama legislature sent the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to Governor Robert Bentley’s desk for his signature.

 “Modern medical science furnishes us with compelling evidence that unborn children recoil from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase when they are subjected to any painful stimuli, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).  “Therefore, the states have a compelling interest in protecting unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion. We strongly encourage Governor Bentley to make Alabama the fifth state to recognize this obligation by signing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law.”

 The Alabama House, led by Representative Rich, passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection bill with a vote of 69-19.  The Alabama’s Senate, led by Senator Beason, passed the bill by a vote of 26-5.

 As drafted by National Right to Life’s state legislation department, the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain except when the mother “has a condition which so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion of her pregnancy to avert death or to avert serious risk of substantial or irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function or..it is necessary to preserve the life of an unborn child.”

 Further documentation and links to the scientific studies can be found at: www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.

 “We commend Representative Kerry Rich and Senator Scott Beason for their actions in protecting unborn children and helping their mothers through enactment of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” added Cheryl Ciamarra, Alabama Citizens for Life’s representative to the Board of Directors of the National Right to Life Committee. “We ask Governor Bentley to sign this bill into law so that Alabama becomes a state which protects from abortion unborn child who are capable of feeling pain.”

 Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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Alabama Senate Votes to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children

NRLC urges Alabama House to take final action before midnight

WASHINGTON – Today, the Alabama Senate voted 26-5 to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects unborn children capable of feeling pain. The action of the Alabama Senate continues a trend sweeping through the state legislatures. Already this session, the Alabama House has voted in favor of enacting similar legislation this past April. The House has until midnight tonight to concur with the small changes made by the Senate.

 “Alabama is the latest in a line of states poised to protect unborn children capable of feeling pain,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).  “State legislatures are stepping up to protect these children, thus reflecting the majority wishes of their constituents.”

The model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, drafted by the National Right to Life Committee’s state legislation department, protects the life of the unborn child at the point that they are capable of feeling pain except when the mother “has a condition which so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion of her pregnancy to avert death or to avert serious risk of substantial or irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function or…it is necessary to preserve the life of an unborn child.”  Further documentation and links to the scientific studies can be found at: www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.

 “We are calling on the Alabama House of Representatives, which already passed the bill, to quickly concur with the Senate version before tonight’s midnight legislative deadline,” said Cheryl Ciamarra, Alabama Citizens for Life national director.

 This continued trend in the states during the spring legislative session began in Nebraska last year when they passed this first-of-its-kind legislation. Already this year, the legislation has been passed in Idaho, Kansas and Oklahoma.  In addition to Alabama, the National Right to Life model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is currently under consideration in Oregon, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.

 “We are pleased with the progress we have been making in the states,” said Spaulding Balch.  “We are working to ensure that pain-capable unborn children all across the country will be protected from horrendous death by abortion.”

 Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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ID Gov Signs Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

WASHINGTON – Today, Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, making Idaho the third state to protect from abortion the life of the pain-capable child. Idaho’s Senate, led by Senator Chuck Winder, passed this historic bill by the impressive vote of 24-10. The House, led by Rep. Brent Crane and Rep. Lynn Luker passed it by the overwhelming vote of 54-14.

“Solid medical research substantiates the fact that unborn children recoil from painful stimuli, experience increased stress hormones when subjected to pain, and require anesthesia when undergoing fetal surgery,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). “We commend Idaho for joining Nebraska and Kansas in recognizing their compelling interest in protecting from abortion the unborn child who is capable of feeling pain.”

As drafted by National Right to Life’s state legislation department, the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain except when the mother “has a condition which so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion of her pregnancy to avert death or to avert serious risk of substantial or irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function or…it is necessary to preserve the life of an unborn child.”

Further documentation and links to the scientific studies can be found at: www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.

Continuing the trend among the states in passing pro-life legislation, further action during the state legislative session on the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is expected in Alabama, Minnesota and Oklahoma, among others.

“Over the past several years, we have seen an increasing number of state legislatures concerned with protecting the lives of unborn children and their mothers,” added Spaulding Balch.  “We are encouraged to see the trend continuing this year with passage of laws like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life organizations and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide, is the nation’s largest pro-life group. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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Brownback Signs Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Kansas becomes second state to enact NRLC model legislation

 WASHINGTON – At a signing ceremony in Topeka this afternoon, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law.  Sponsored by state Rep. Lance Kinzer, the law passed the Kansas House of Representatives 91-30, in February.  The state Senate granted approval, 24-15, in late March.  The law, modeled after National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) draft language enacted by the Nebraska legislature last year, was a legislative priority for Kansans for Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

 “Modern medical science provides substantial evidence that unborn children recoil from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., NRLC director of state legislation.  “Therefore, the states have a compelling interest in protecting unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion. Kansas is the second state to recognize this obligation by enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but we expect Idaho and Oklahoma to follow within days – and other state legislatures will be voting on similar bills this year.”

Originally drafted by NRLC’s state legislation department, the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion except when the mother “has a condition which so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion of her pregnancy to avert death or to avert serious risk of substantial or irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function or…it is necessary to preserve the life of an unborn child.” 

 Further documentation and links to the scientific studies can be found at: www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.

 Kansas becomes the second state to make the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act law.  Idaho and Oklahoma have also passed the law this spring and the measures are currently awaiting signatures by governors in both states.  The legislation has also been introduced in Alabama (where it has already passed the state House of Representatives), Minnesota and Oregon.

 The Kansas law can be found here:

http://kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/year1/measures/documents/hb2218_enrolled.pdf

 “Rep. Kinzer and Gov. Brownback are to be commended for their efforts to protect unborn children and help their mothers with enactment of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” added Alan Hansen, O.D., president of the Kansans for Life Board of Directors.

 The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life organizations and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide, is the nation’s largest pro-life group. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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