A new front in the debate over abortion is emerging in legislatures across the nation. Abortion foes are gaining ground with proposals to require doctors to tell women seeking abortions that their fetuses might feel pain during the procedure.
State "fetal pain" bills began popping up last year in the wake of other statutes that have drawn attention to the interests of fetuses, including bans on a procedure that its critics call "partial birth" abortion. (Related story: Abortion opponents seek new angle)
Fetal pain bills were introduced in 19 states in 2005, and were passed in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Wisconsin bill was vetoed last month by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who said it failed "to reflect a consensus of medical opinion" and "intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship in a heavy-handed manner." He cited a controversial report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that said there is no conclusive evidence of when a fetus first feels pain.
Despite such questions, more fetal pain bills are advancing this year. Such bills have been passed by House members in Utah and Indiana and are headed to their Senates.
Fetal pain bills also have been introduced this year in Arizona, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma. Most would require doctors to tell a woman whose fetus is at 20 weeks or more gestational age that her fetus might feel pain during an abortion....
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