|Abortion ban past 20 weeks eyed|
Catholic News Service
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Madeline Bauer of St. Paul, Minn., stands in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life in Washington Jan. 25. Tens of thousands of people marched against abortion for the 40th year since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision l egalizing abortion in U.S.
The fetal nervous system and brain structures that communicate pain are already in place by the 18th week of gestation, a neurobiologist from Utah told a congressional hearing.
Several witnesses testified at the hearing sponsored by U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. Franks has introduced a bill to prohibit abortion nationwide after 20 weeks of gestation, approximately the stage at which scientists say unborn babies are capable of feeling pain.