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State Rejects Bill Concerning Fetus Pain During Abortion

The California Assembly has rejected a bill some call a cynical attempt to restrict women's reproductive rights. The measure would have required doctors to tell women seeking an abortion that fetuses

State Rejects Bill Concerning Fetus Pain During Abortion

The California Assembly has rejected a bill some call a cynical attempt to restrict women's reproductive rights. The measure would have required doctors to tell women seeking an abortion that fetuses can feel pain. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

It's not the first time supporters tried to get the measure approved in the California legislature. The bill would have required the Department of Health Services to write a brochure saying there's evidence fetuses can feel pain from 20 weeks after conception. Doctors would have had to give the brochure to women who wanted an abortion. Vince Hall is with the San Diego Chapter of Planned Parenthood.

Hall:  It's part of a strategy of those who want to make abortion illegal, to try to find any and all means to attach restrictions to a woman's right to choose.

A number of states, including Arkansas, have so-called fetal pain laws on the books. Attempts to pass such a measure in Congress have been unsuccessful.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News. 

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