In Utah, a woman has the permission to undergo an abortion at 20 weeks. But, does her fetus receive painkillers in the process? The answer came on Monday, when the state law has offered directions where doctors have to give anesthesia to women having abortions at 20 weeks or later. Utah has become the first state in the country with a law regarding such a procedure to be used during abortion.
The law advocates said that the regulation protects fetuses from suffering at the time of abortions. However, doctors in Utah and other places said that there isn’t any evidence that fetuses feel anything during that time in pregnancy, and that sedating women at the time of the procedure makes them vulnerable to complications.
At committee hearing on the bill previously this month, Dr. Sean Esplin, a doctor with Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, said, “You’re now mandating [women] take that risk, based on inconclusive and biased evidence. You don’t understand what you’re legislating”.
The sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Provo), said that initially, he was in favor of banning abortions post 20 weeks, but he came to know that this kind of law would possibly be challenged on constitutional grounds.
He told the Salt Lake Tribune that the measure was next apt option. He said that it makes mandatory for doctors to put in efforts to eradicate or lessen organic pain to the unborn child, leaving the cases wherein the abortion is must to take care of the mother’s health, when the fetus is suffering from a fatal congenital fault, or the times when the anesthetic administration could put the mother in danger.
Bramble mentioned that let’s call the quote ‘medical procedure’ what it is, it is taking life of babies. Bramble added that in case doctors are killing that baby, they should save it from pain.