Pain of the Unborn
Some of the Methods Used
To see medical illustrations of a "dilation and evacuation" (D&E) abortion, a method often used during the second trimester, click here.
To view video of the graphic 2012 congressional testimony of former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, demonstrating how this type of abortion is performed, click here. To read Dr. Levatino's printed testimony, click here [PDF].
To see medically accurate illustrations of the partial-birth abortion method, usually used during the fifth and sixth months (and sometimes later), click here.
The Scientific Evidence
Testimony of Colleen Malloy, M.D., neonatologist and professor of pediatrics, Northwestern University, in support of the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803) -- May 17, 2012
NRLC Rebuttal to Advocacy Paper Published in JAMA on the Pain of Unborn Humans - August 25, 2005
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Memo from NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson to science and medicine editors/reports on "medical psuedo-science that endangers women and their babies" (the anesthesia-kills-babies myth) [PDF] - January 2, 1996
States That Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children [PDF] - April 30, 2013
Fetal Pain: The Evidence. (A factsheet from doctorsonfetalpain.org)
Media Advisory: House Judiciary Subcommittee approves nationwide protection for pain-capable children - June 4, 2013
Media Advisory: House to Conduct Landmark Vote on D.C. Late Abortion Ban! - July 27, 2012
H.R. 3803, as approved by the House Judiciary Committee, on which the full U.S. House will vote on July 31, 2012 [PDF]
Release: U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes to end D.C.'s abortion-until-birth policy, approves 20-week ban - July 18, 2012
Release: New poll shows strong support for Congress ending DC's abortion-until-birth policy - July 17, 2012
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.): "The Revelation of Legal Abortion Until Birth, For Any Reason, in Our Nation's Capitol - House to Respond?" [PDF] - June 28, 2012
Associated Press: Abortion legal "for any reason" in the District of Columbia, both before and after "viability" - May 23, 2012
NRLC Congressional Update on May 17, 2012 House subcommittee hearing on the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - May 17, 2012 (with links to video of testimony)
Media Advisory: U.S. House panel to examine policy of legal abortion until birth in nation's capital - May 17, 2012
Updated NRLC letter to U.S. House members urging cosponsorship of H.R. 3803 [PDF] - May 14, 2012
Release: Georgia Governor Signs Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law - May 1, 2012
Text of H.R. 3803 - The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF] - January 23, 2012
NRLC letter to U.S. House urging cosponsorship of H.R. 3803 [PDF] - January 19, 2012
Release: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Becomes Law in Alabama - June 16, 2011
Release: Oklahoma becomes 4th state to protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Abortion - April 14, 2011
Release: Idaho Becomes Third State to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children - April 14, 2011
Release: Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - April 12, 2011
Release: Landmark Law Passes in Nebraska - April 13, 2010
"Partial-Birth Abortion on Trial" [PDF] by Cathy Cleaver Ruse - Spring 2005
This article, which appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of Human Life Review, contains extensive excerpts from sworn testimony by abortionists, and medical experts, regarding late abortion methods and they pain that they cause to unborn children.
Memo from NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson to science and medicine editors/reporters on "medical psuedo-science that endangers women and their babies" (the anesthesia-kills-babies myth) [PDF] - January 2, 1996
Pain of the Unborn Archives - Materials Prior to 2010
Statement of Administration Policy on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 6099) [PDF] - December 6, 2006
Revised version of Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 6099) [PDF] - September 19, 2006
Members of Congress Propagate the "Anesthesia Myth" (NRLC Quotesheet, early 1996)
"Leading doc tells Congress pro-choicers "misinformed," New York Post [PDF] - March 22, 1996
Statement of Norig Ellison, M.D., president, American Society of Anesthesiologists [PDF] - March 21, 1996
Statement of Jean A. Wright, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and anesthesia, Emory University School of Medicine, on the capacity of unborn children to feel pain during a partial-birth abortion [PDF] - March 21, 1996
Documents preparatory to March 21, 1996 hearing in House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee on "Fetal Death or Dangerous Deception? The Effects of Anesthesia During a Partial-Birth Abortion." [PDF] - March 1996
Letter from subcommittee chairman Charles Canady (R-Fla.) about lack of medical experts willing to defend claims of pro-aboriton groups; letter from NARAL President Kate Michelman declining to testify; witness list of the hearing.
Anesthesiologists Question Claims in Abortion Debate, American Medical News [PDF] - January 1, 1996
Revealing exchange between Norig Ellison, M.D., president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and Mary Campbell, M.D., medical director of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, regarding whether anesthesia causes fetal death [PDF] - November 17, 1995