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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2022
Contact: Mallory Carroll, mcarroll@sbalist.org

Science Shows Unborn Babies Feel Pain at Least as Early as 15 Weeks

Washington, D.C.On Tuesday the Arizona Senate passed S.B. 1164, legislation to stop late abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill now heads to the state House. The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated in a statement:

“We are encouraged to see lawmakers in Arizona and across the nation advancing proactive pro-life legislation as we await the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case,” said SBA List State Policy Director Sue Liebel. “Like the overwhelming majority of Americans who reject abortion extremism and support commonsense limits, Arizonans agree unborn babies should be protected from late abortions when they can feel pain, which science shows is at least as early as 15 weeks. We thank State Senator Nancy Barto, a member of our National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus, and all our local allies working to get this bill passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Ducey. We have great hope that all states will soon be able to enact the consensus of their people, while the pro-life movement continues striving for the day when all children and their mothers are protected in our laws.”

Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod, Esq., also stated:

“Preborn babies at 15 weeks gestation have fully formed noses, eyelids, and lips, as well as developing hearts, kidneys, and other organs. They suck their thumbs, and they feel pain. Today, those babies are one step closer to protection…a 15-week limit on abortion would not only save lives, it would protect women from the emotional and physical harms of later term abortion.”

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case involving a Mississippi law that limits abortion after 15 weeks, the Supreme Court will address whether all pre-viability abortion limits are unconstitutional. A decision is expected in the spring or summer of 2022.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. 

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