Pain relief for a foetus. [VicHansard 3625-3639] - Marlene Kairouz

Amendment to ensure pain relief for a foetus that is about to be aborted.

[Extracts from Ms Kairouz's address to Parliament]

..The foetus feels all signs of pain after 20 weeks gestation, that the appropriate parts of the nervous system have been developed and that it has a withdrawal reflex, and that it has been shown with early delivery that there are very high levels of stress hormones released into the blood stream.

...if it is the mother's wish to abort the foetus or the doctor's recommendation to abort the foetus, then hopefully we can put legislation in place requiring that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that the abortion is conducted without causing pain to the foetus.

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