Assemblywoman Sharon Runner's legislation voted down in Health Committee
Tuesday in the Assembly Health Committee, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) presented her bill to provide women with options for reducing fetal pain suffered during abortions. After a heated discussion, AB 2512 failed passage in committee, denying any opportunity to bring the bill before the full Assembly.” It’s quite simply the humane thing to do," Runner said about her legislation. "I can't understand why our government provides more protection to animals than to humans." AB 2512, the "Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006" would give to pregnant women, who are seeking an abortion 20 weeks after fertilization, information on administering anesthesia to the unborn child so that it will not experience pain during the abortion procedure. In a prepared statement, the doctor would explain the ability of the unborn child to experience pain and alert the pregnant woman of possible risks associated with the drug. Numerous studies indicate that an unborn child has the physical structure necessary to experience pain 20 weeks after fertilization. For this reason current law protects these children from experiencing pain in prenatal surgery by injecting the unborn child with anesthesia. No such statute exists with regards to unborn children during the abortion procedure. "Rapists and murderers on death row are given several times the amount of barbiturates and anesthesia given to patients getting heart surgery," Runner said. "I can't understand why unborn children are given nothing."