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House Rejects Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 (H.R. 6099)

For Immediate Release. December 9, 2006The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 (H.R. 6099) was rejected by a 250-162 vote by the House of Representatives on December 6, 2006.  The measure would have defined a 20-week old unborn child as a “pain-capable unborn child.”  Also, the bill would have required that a brochure be developed by the Health and Human Service Department stating “that there is substantial evidence that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain.”  Furthermore, it would have required that mothers be informed by abortion providers “that there is substantial evidence that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain.”  By signing a form, the mother would accept or reject the anesthesia.  And an exception for certified medical emergencies would have been allowed by the measure.

“It is tragic, and history will not reflect favorably on this chamber of Congress that was unable to meet the required two-thirds majority to pass this measure,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  The hypocrisy of this nations leaders reeks throughout the world as daily they lecture on human rights, but 162 barbaric, despicable, heartless, and inhumane members of the House of Representatives could not support a bill that could help ease the pain and suffering of an innocent and defenseless unborn child that is murdered through abortion.”

To support the reality of fetal pain there is too much medical evidence.  Though some believe that unborn children of even less than six weeks gestational age can experience pain most experts agree that unborn children have developed the necessary neuro-physiological systems to feel pain by 20 weeks of gestation.

In order to feel pain, an unborn child must develop key aspects of the body's nervous system.  The child develops nociceptors — pain receptors that allow a signal of pain to be received by the child's body and transmitted to the spinal cord and brain as early as seven weeks of gestation and possibly earlier.  The signal is registered and identified as painful by the part of the brain known as the thalamus. The signal is transmitted by the thalamus to the child's motor nerve where various reflex reactions take place.  The pain is felt by the unborn child which results in an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and key hormone levels.

Compared to adults or infants, the pain experienced by an unborn child is probably more intense. Since the child has not yet developed key inhibitory fibers to block some of the pain, after 20 weeks of gestation an unborn child may experience relatively greater agony.

Dr. Rutkowski added, “This nation should be aware that the world is watching, and history will negatively judge America for being humane to its animals but treating its unborn children violently and inhumanely.  For example, federal standards for the humane care of animals used in medical research would not be met by the pain management practiced for the inhumane treatment of an unborn child during an abortion.  America, if it soon does not move away from its amoral treatment of its unborn, will soon be judged harshly by men and God and will suffer great wrath from Above.”  

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
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