Friday, February 26, 2010

Fetal Pain Measure Being Heard

My friend, Teresa is still out there fighting for the sanctity of life. You might remember a recent post about a very disappointing defeat.
But she doesn't stop & I thank God for people who have chosen to devote their lives to such an important cause. Teresa is brilliant and could be in a top 10 law firm handling cases that would pay her insane amounts of money.
She chose to fight for life.
I am sure she would blush if she knew I was posting my opinions as she is a very humble person. But I want to ask for your continued prayers . . . for Teresa and all the people on the front lines of the  legislation fight for pro-life. Here is an article from yesterday's Omaha World Herald by Martha Stoddard.

LINCOLN – New knowledge about when fetuses start feeling pain justifies moving up the line after which abortions should be banned, an anti-abortion law professor said Thursday.
Teresa Collett, from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., expressed confidence at a press conference that the U.S. Supreme Court would agree with her.

"It’s my opinion the court will consider this a sufficient state interest" to allow restrictions on abortions, she said.
Collett is expected to be among the witnesses at this afternoon’s hearing on Legislative Bill 1103.
The measure, introduced by Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk, would ban abortions at 20 weeks except for serious threats to a woman’ life or physical health.

The bill would go beyond what existing Supreme Court rulings have allowed. The court has said the government cannot unduly restrict a woman’s right to choose abortion before the point at which her fetus can survive outside the womb.

Fetuses typically reach viability at 24 weeks.

Dr. Ferdinand Salvacion, an anesthesiologist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, said growing scientific evidence shows that fetuses have the ability to feel pain before that point.

His view was supported by Dr. Tom Grissom, medical director of the Advanced Pain Center of Alaska.

"From my perspective this is an issue of compassionate care," he said at the press conference.

However, a review of fetal pain literature by University of California-San Francisco physicians concluded that fetal perception of pain is unlikely before about 27 weeks.

I think, although this would be an this incremental change in the existing laws, it is monumentally important. Maybe our pro-abortion brothers and sisters need to accept that abortion is murder -- in small steps. Maybe their minds shut down when they confront the total reality and, like small children, they balk.  They would not be able to live such self-centered lives should they let themselves truly comprehend the reality of abortion.
If we do not take small steps BACK toward the sanctity of life . . . we will be taking small steps towards:
  • having abortions based solely on gender selection (this is already being done and it is legal)
  • partial birth abortions (already happening)
  • letting newborns die after they are born
  • using unwanted babies for experimentation
  • euthanasia 
  • the list goes on and gets even more disheartening

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