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Utah: Bill requiring anesthesia for babies during abortion passes Senate

Famous Nilsson photo of a preborn baby at 20 weeks

On Monday, the Utah Senate voted 19-5 in favor of legislation that would require doctors to administer anesthesia to babies during an abortion. The bill applies to abortions carried out any time after 20 weeks of gestation.

Sen. Curt Bramble, the bill’s sponsor, explains…

This will require that if we are going to take the life of an unborn child … then anesthesia would be required to protect the child from the infliction of pain at the time their life is forfeit.

Bramble referred to abortion as a “death sentence” and says his legislation will help protect unborn babies.

“If we could prohibit all abortions except in the rarest of circumstances, if we could overturn Roe V. Wade, I would be a proud sponsor of that bill,” said Bramble, adding that the least the state could do is prevent the baby from feeling pain during an abortion.

In a hearing for the bill, Maryann Christensen, executive director of Utah Eagle Forum, testified that amid “the murder of our offspring and the despicable practice” of abortion, “the very least we can do is mitigate the baby’s pain.”

Live Action recently launched a website featuring a video series narrated by Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist who performed more than 1200 abortions. In one of the videos, Dr. Levatino describes a second trimester D&E abortion, which is the type of abortion that would typically be performed on a preborn child between 15 and 26 weeks gestation – six weeks past the start of the Utah bill’s anesthesia requirement:

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