WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Congressman John Boozman of Arkansas renewed his support today for legislation that would require doctors to tell women seeking abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy that fetuses may feel pain.
Republican Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey is lead sponsor of the bill. Boozman said the measure would also allow mothers to request anesthesia for the fetus.
Boozman, who represents the 3rd District in northwest Arkansas, also co-sponsored Smith's proposed "Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act" when it was first introduced last year.
The Arkansas Legislature passed a similar bill in 2005, requiring doctors to offer women seeking abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy the choice of viewing information on whether a fetus feels pain.