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House Fails to Pass the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

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H.R. 6099 Fails to Pass the House, 250-162

House representatives voted yesterday on suspending the rules on passing H.R. 6099, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act. In essence, the House could have passed the bill without going through the standard rules for passing a piece of legislation. However they failed to do so with a final vote of 250 voting in favor and 162 voting against, H.R. 6099 would have needed 2/3 (or 289 votes) to win.

What was the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act?

The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (UCPA) would have required doctors to inform women seeking an abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization about the ability of the fetus to feel pain. Women would have been required to sign a form accepting or declining anesthesia for the fetus during the abortion.

What does this mean?

Because H.R. 6099 failed to pass, doctors will not be forced to provide biased and unscientific information about the risks of any reproductive decision made by a woman. It also is means that the failure of this last ditch effort by anti-choice legislators may be a sign for better and more comprehensive legislation in 2007. Stay tuned!