Utah has a new law requiring doctors to give anesthesia to abortion patients 20 or more weeks into pregnancy to reduce pain felt by the fetus. It is the first law of its kind in the United States. Can a fetus feel pain? That is the issue that was hotly debated during hearings on this new law. Most doctors are dubious saying that fetal pain perception is unlikely before 28 weeks though there are some doctors who disagree.
What is surely true is that this new Utah law gave rise to acrimonious and painful debate during the last legislative session. There are still many questions about how the new fetal pain law will be administered. And there will assuredly be more difficult moments to come for women who are already dealing with the painful decision to seek an abortion.
“Feeling the Pain of Abortion” will be discussed on the next “What Do You Think, Utah?” happening on Wednesday, April 27th at the 50 West Club and Cafe. The panel will be moderated, as usual, by Bill Allred, and the panelists for this discussion will be…
- Dr. Leah Torres, a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology
- Todd Weiler, Utah Republican State Senator
- Dr. Lexi Eller, an Ob/Gyn who specializes in pre-term labor issues;
- Deirdre Henderson, Utah Republican State Senator
Respectful and orderly audience participation is encouraged and there will be time for questions and comments from people who attend this community event. Doors will open at 6pm, food and drinks will be available for purchase, the panel discussion will begin promptly at 7pm.