3 States Sign On To Fetal Pain Bill

03.24.11 | Sarah Harnisch

  Two more states are closer to passing a highly controversial pro-life bill. On Wednesday, the legislative houses in both Idaho and Kansas passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. In Kansas, Governor Sam Brownbeck says he'll sign it into law before the end of the week. It still has to go to the Idaho House for a vote. The same bill is pending in Oklahoma and Alabama. The bill, passed last year in Nebraska, is considered controversial because it's based on scientific evidence that unborn children can feel pain from abortions. It bans all abortions past the 20 week mark. In Ohio, there's been a hearing on an even tougher measure that would outlaw abortions after the first medically detectable heartbeat-- as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy. This is a link to the research on fetal pain.