CMA: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Will End Procedure that Inflicts Horrific
Pain on Unborn
Washington, DC, June 19, 2002:
A 16,000-member professional association of doctors today said that
legislation to ban partial-birth abortion is needed to stop a barbaric
practice that inflicts horrific pain on developing infants.
The Christian Medical Association expressed its support for the bipartisan
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2002, which was highlighted this afternoon
at a Capitol press conference held by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Sue
Myrick (R-NC), Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA), Rep. Chris
Smith (R-NJ) and others.
David Stevens, MD, Executive Director of the Christian Medical Association,
noted, “Inflicting pain on developing infants such as that incurred during a
partial-birth abortion would never be countenanced by any medical review
team for human experimentation.
“There is absolutely no medical reason whatsoever that justifies allowing an
abortionist to cut into the cranium of a developing baby, inflict a horrific
level of pain, and then suction out its brain," asserted Stevens. "If
someone treated a dog in this inhumane way we would lock them up and throw
away the key. If we can’t at least stop this horrible procedure, where can
we draw the line?”
Stevens cited the congressional testimony of CMA board member and pediatric
anesthesiologist Jean Wright, MD, who testified that a fetus experiences
pain at a level several times greater than adults experience.
In a CMA white paper explaining the physiology of fetal pain perception, Dr.
Wright writes, "Newborns not only feel pain; they react to pain with 3 – 5
times the response of adults." (This white paper can be downloaded at the
www.cmdahome.org web site; see Issues & Media / Download Resources.)
Abortion - fetal pain white paper by Jean Wright, MD