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Tuesday, December 6, 2006


NAF Communications Department

National Abortion Federation Applauds the Defeat of the "Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act"

Washington - Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), released the following statement commending the House of Representatives for defeating the "Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act" (H.R. 6099):

Tonight, legislators voted against an ill-advised bill, which would have intruded upon the physician-patient relationship and substituted political agendas for sound science and medicine.

H.R. 6099 would have required providers to inform a patient seeking a legal abortion after 20 weeks that there is "substantial evidence" that a fetus may feel pain during an abortion procedure. This would have been accomplished by forcing women to read and sign a statement with inflammatory rhetoric that projected a level of certainty that far exceeded the scientific research.

We are grateful that legislators recognized that available science failed to support the conclusions drawn by the legislation and its required statement. Women deserve to make private health care decisions based upon accurate, unbiased medical information, without interference from Congress.


The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. Our members include health care professionals at clinics, doctors' offices, and hospitals, who together care for more than half the women in both countries who choose abortion each year. For more information, visit our website at www.prochoice.org

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