“In the United States unborn children are subjected to trauma through abortion that causes them excruciating pain, which would be illegal if inflicted on animals in commerce or research,” NRLC legislative director Douglas Johnson wrote to members of Congress.
He said the measure contains extensive findings including scientific evidence that unborn children would experience great pain during abortions by 20 weeks.
“The findings cite a number of existing federal laws that seek to diminish the suffering of animals, such as restrictions on how livestock are slaughtered and restrictions on the use of animals in medical research,” Johnson added.
Johnson said the measure applies to all abortions done after 20 weeks of pregnancy, regardless of the method used.
On the anesthesia requirement, he said mothers would be allowed to sign a form saying whether they wanted anesthesia for their baby.