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Utah may pass legislation requiring anesthesia for aborted babies

The Republican governor of Utah says he would sign off on legislation requiring doctors to provide anesthesia to babies during abortions. Though Gov. Gary Herbert does not personally agree with abortion, if it is legal he believes it should be conducted in the most humane way possible. A bill requiring anesthesia in that state is being drafted by Sen. Curt Bramble. He is proposing legislation that would require anesthesia at the age a baby would experience pain. It is not certain at this point at what age this would apply. Herbert did note that a baby’s heart starts beating at five weeks. Already, those working in the abortion industries have come out against the bill arguing that providing anesthesia to the baby would be more government intrusion into the mother/Doctor decision. Minnesota passed legislation in 2005 requiring mothers be provided with the option of giving pain medication to their babies during an abortion. Up to the early 1980s, surgeons were routinely performing surgeries on recently born babies without anesthesia because they did not believe they …

Pain experienced by unborn babies

[by Dean Smith] In her article, The First Ache, published in the New York Times in 2008, Annie Paul reveals how doctors have discovered preemie babies as young as 20 weeks and possibly earlier experience pain in the womb. In 1983, Kanwaljeet Anand was working for a neonatal intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. Part of his job involved caring for premature infants who had just gone through surgery. He noticed when these babies returned from their operations, they had weak pulses, grey skin, shallow breathing and it took hours to get their vital signs stabilized.