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  Napolitano vetoes 'fetal pain' notification
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Last EditedRP  Apr 13, 2006 01:15pm
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CategoryProposed Legislation
MediaNewspaper - Arizona Daily Star (Tuscon)
News DateWednesday, April 12, 2006 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGov. Janet Napolitano on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have required doctors performing some abortions to tell women that their unborn children might feel pain.

HB 2254 would have mandated that a woman who is at least 20 weeks into her pregnancy be told that her unborn child "has the physical structures necessary to experience pain."

And the doctor would have needed to tell her that at this point in development, a fetus draws away from surgical instruments "in a manner that in an infant or an adult would be interpreted as a response to pain."

Physicians also would have had to give women the option of having a separate anesthesia or other drug given directly to the fetus.

Napolitano, in a three-sentence veto message, called the legislation "an unwarranted intrusion by politicians" into the doctor-patient relationship.
"The Legislature should not attempt to substitute its judgment for that of trained physicians with respect to professional advice given to patients," the governor wrote.
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