Shelley Sekula Gibbs on Abortion

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Voting Record

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

In December of 2006, the house attempted to pass the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. The act sought to require an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a child who has reached 20 weeks or more to inform the woman of (among other things) the probable age of the child, and obtain the woman\'s signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form. Despite the support of most of the Republicans and 40 Democrats, the measure failed to pass in roll call 526. Shelley Sekula Gibbs voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Shelley Sekula Gibbs voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 created a set of requirements for a doctor performing an abortion. These requirements included informing the mother as to the age of the child and informing the mother that the child could experience pain during the procedure. The measure failed 250-162. Shelley Sekula Gibbs voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Shelley Sekula Gibbs voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-H R 6099; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as 20 weeks), to first: inform the woman of the probable age of the child provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt) provide information that pain medicine administered to the mother may not prevent pain in the child, but in some cases anesthesia or pain-reducing drugs can be administered directly to the child give the woman the provider's best medical judgment of the risks and costs of such anesthesia or analgesic obtain the woman's signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure that includes a statement that there is substantial evidence that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain and that the mother has the option of having pain-reducing drugs administered directly to the child. Creates an exception for certified medical emergencies. Establishes civil penalties for willfully failing to comply with this Act.

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