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2 firstname.lastname@example.org | DECEMBER 15, 2016 | THE BEACON | STATE Legislators, physicians band together to ﬁght to protect unborn only feel pain 20 weeks post-fertilization but that the rate of survival outside the womb TRENTON Marie Tasy, executive director of has increased. “It’s unconscionable that they be put N. J. Right to Life, stood before a podium holding a small, plastic baby doll representing through pain,” he said. “Now that we have what an infant in the womb looks like at 20 more scientific evidence, I think it’s time for the medical community to come forward.” weeks gestation. Those at the news conference cited many “At 20 weeks post fertilization, a baby in the womb is 11 inches long and almost one studies in support of the legislation, including pound and looks like a small newborn,” Tasy a 2015 New England Journal of Medicine said. “The baby has fully formed fingerprints study that showed fetal surgeons adminis-and tiny little toenails. … She is able to do tering pain medication to babies in the womb somersaults and suck her thumb — and she at the 20-week post fertilization mark and a 2007 article in the Journal of Behavioral and can feel pain.” In response, State Sen. Steven Oroho, Brain Science that found consciousness can standing in a corner of the conference room, exist without a cerebral cortex. In addition, a 2004 study in the research declared loudly, “That’s a baby.” Tasy and Oroho were among dozens of journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that pro-life advocates, state legislators and physi-the risk of a woman dying from an abortion cians who gathered Dec. 5 in the State at 16 to 20 weeks is 30 percent and 77 per-House Annex, Trenton, for a news confer-cent at or after 21 weeks. Dr. Randolph Knob, a retired ence urging lawmakers to pass general surgeon who has prac-the N.J. Pain Capable Unborn ticed in facilities including Child Protection Act, A3452 / We worry PHOTO | JOE MOORE Overlook Hospital, Summit, and RIGHT TO LIFE Marie Tasy, executive director of N.J. Right to Life, holds a plastic baby doll S2026. The act would ban abor-about seals in remains a fellow of the representing what an infant in the womb looks like at 20 weeks gestation as lawmakers in tions performed after 20 weeks American College of Surgeons, Trenton look on. post-fertilization and require the Arctic that spoke to the science proving that babies born alive during are being club -“We need to consider the humanity of these that babies in the womb feel in the womb at 20 weeks as patients. As abortions be given the same such, he said, “the evolving field of fetal sur-babies,” he said. “We make a lot of effort to pain. medical care as infants born bed. Shouldn’t “The unborn child at 20 gery has led anesthesia research teams to re-relieve pain in people born already. We should prematurely. Mounting evi-we care for weeks gestation has developed alize that pain medication is needed for the extend that same concern to the unborn.” dence by prominent physicians Father Michael Fragoso, pastor at St. and scientific journals con-mem bers of our pain receptors and necessary 20-week fetus.” Dr. John Calabro, a retired anesthesiolo-James the Less Church, Jamesburg, who nerve connections to respond to cludes that babies at the 20-own species stimuli and therefore, gist from Overlook Hospital, acknowledged was a pediatric doctor for 25 years before week stage can feel pain. who happen to painful feels pain,” he said. “Whether that a majority of the debate as to whether becoming a priest, said medical advances The law — modeled after this is suffering would seem to abortions performed after 20 weeks should can now keep 20-week-old babies alive out-similar federal legislation that be in a dif -be legal revolves around how well-developed side the womb thanks to artificial breathing be a spurious debate.” passed the U.S. House of Repre -ferent stage of apparatuses. He explained that spinal a baby’s brain is at that gestation stage. sentatives in May 2015 — would In addition, he recounted the experiences Abortion proponents, he said, argue that cord connections and the thal-permit exceptions for situations develop ment?’ of him and his nursing staff, where babies the physiological signs of pain in the womb amus, which relays sensory in-of rape, incest or if the life of — F ATHER M ICHAEL the mother is at stake. It was in-F RAGOSO formation, are functional by 20 — increased blood flow and heart rate, for as early as 26 weeks would flinch when weeks, adding that an estab-example — are nothing more than a reflex. touched not only because of their thin skin troduced in the spring and is lished cerebral cortex, which de-He says, however, that the perception of pain but because their thalamus, acting as a center currently in the Assembly Health for pain perception, is still developing. and Senior Services Committee with its com-velops toward the end of the second isn’t clear-cut. “We worry about seals in the Arctic that For example, research shows patients who panion bill in the Senate Health, Human trimester, does not appear to be necessary haven’t been given enough anesthesia to put are being clubbed. Shouldn’t we care for mem-for a baby in the womb to feel pain. Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “Animals have no cortex yet experience them into full unconsciousness experience bers of our own species who happen to be in “This is a fight we can never stop pushing pain, he said, which though known by the a different stage of development?” he said. for. We have to be there to defend them,” pain,” he said. In addition, Dr. Knob referenced the New patient in some form of conscious thought said Oroho, R-24, a primary sponsor of the [Mauro is the associate editor of The Monitor, England Journal of Medicine study that might not be evident to the outside world. bill in the state Senate. newspaper of the Diocese of Trenton.] He was joined at the news conference by showed doctors beginning to consider infants The same applies to the unborn. primary sponsor Sen. Joseph Pennachio (R-26), co-sponsor Sen. Michael Doherty (R-23) and Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-12), a primary sponsor of the bill in the Assembly. Addressing those in attendance, Sen. TRENTON In an attempt to bring attention to the transportation icy decisions are made on an individual school district level. Thus, Pennachio drew a parallel between the rights needs for children in nonpublic schools, parents, guardians, edu-the majority of nonpublic school transportation occurs through of the unborn and those extended to prisoners cators and groups across the state are being encouraged to contact private contractors. on death row, saying that in 2006, the state Nonpublic schools have attempted a variety of options in order the office of Gov. Chris Christie to request an increase in funding. of California decided one of its convicted to continue to transport its students within the $884 per pupil Currently, nonpublic school transportation funding is provided murderers could not be executed because up to $884 per student, which, both the N. J. Catholic Conference ceiling, including centralized stops and changes in arrival and dis-there was no guarantee he would not feel and the N.J. Network of Catholic School Families argue falls short missal times in schools. pain during the process. As such, the judge These problems are being felt across all five dioceses in the of the amount needed. They are asking that the amount, which in the case ordered two anesthesiologists be has been frozen since the 2007-2008 budget year, be increased state. present to monitor the prisoner’s pain levels. The initiative to contact the Governor’s Office is focused to $1,047. “What does it say about a society and “Even if you live in a town that doesn’t have a problem, the strictly on the governor at this time because the state Legislature governing bodies that think more about the day could come when you do,” said Frances Koukotas of the N.J. will not take up the issue until Christie presents his budget in protection of murderers and the pain they February 2017. Network of Catholic School Families. may feel than protecting innocent human Public school districts typically use their own vehicles first for life and turning a blind eye and heart to [To contact the Governor’s Office, email http://www.nj.gov/gover-public school students. If any vehicles and drivers are available their pain?” he asked. nor/contact/ or send a letter to P.O. Box 001 Trenton, NJ 08625.] afterward, the districts can transport nonpublic pupils. Those pol-Assemblyman Dancer cited evidence with-in the medical community that babies not By JENNIFER MAURO ‘ Increase in transportation funding sought for non-public schools
Legislators, Physicians Band Together To Fight To Protect Unborn
TRENTON Marie Tasy, executive director of N. J. Right to Life, stood before a podium holding a small, plastic baby doll representing what an infant in the womb looks like at 20 weeks gestation.
Increase In Transportation Funding Sought For Non-Public Schools
TRENTON In an attempt to bring attention to the transportation needs for children in nonpublic schools, parents, guardians, educators and groups across the state are being encouraged to contact the office of Gov. Chris Christie to request an increase in funding.