Austin, Texas, Oct 29, 2013 / 16:42 pm
A ban on abortions when an unborn baby can feel pain took effect in Texas today, one day after a federal judge blocked other new restrictions on abortion practices in the state.
"The American public understands the importance of this law. Pain-capable unborn children should be protected from the violent act of a dismemberment abortion," Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life's director of state legislation, said Oct. 29. "Sadly, 40 states still allow it. We continue to work for a day when mothers and their children are fully protected and respected by our laws and our society."
"Unborn children and their mothers deserve better than the violence of abortion," she said.
The law bans abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy on the grounds that an unborn baby can feel pain at this point. Nine other states also bar late-term abortions on the basis of fetal pain.