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State Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, says he filed House Bill 321 because he's pro-life, a devout Catholic and based on the scientific evidence, he believes you can have a debate on when a child can feel pain and when that fetus is viable.” His bill, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would not allow a woman to have an induced abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

New ‘fetal pain’-debunking study released

A new Current Biology study finds a fetus does not feel pain until 35 to 37 weeks of gestation — yet another piece of evidence that debunks the science behind a set of laws that have made their way through state legislatures that limit access to abortions when the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.

Harvard researchers: Fetal pain bills are ‘neither scientifically nor constitutionally sound’

This past legislative session, Florida was among a handful of states that sought to limit access to abortions when the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more. The reasoning behind such restrictions was based on scientifically disputed claims that a fetus can feel pain starting at 20 weeks. According to Mother Jones, a pair of Harvard researchers studied the bills and have found that they are neither “neither scientifically nor constitutionally sound.”

Judge grants Planned Parenthood injunction against Indiana defunding law

After having to temporarily close its doors to thousands of patients, Planned Parenthood of Indiana can now reopen to Medicaid beneficiaries. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood this past week over Indiana's new law aimed at defunding the chain of women's clinics. However, unintended consequences from the law have already put women's health at risk in the state.

Mississippi cracks down on abortion providers

Mississippi's state Legislature this week passed a bill that would place prohibitive restrictions on abortion providers in the state, in an effort to curb access to legal abortions. The Florida Legislature attempted to pass a similar bill this year that would crack down on providers, but the measure was blocked by a group of state senators before it could make it to the floor.

Van Zant files all-out abortion ban

Last week, state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, followed through on his announcement that he would bring back a bill that bans abortion in the state of Florida, providing only an exception to save the life of the mother. Van Zant's bill would make performing an abortion a felony.

North Carolina moves foward with ultrasound bill forcing women to hear description of the image

Last week, North Carolina's state Senate passed its Woman's Right to Know Act — a bill that will require women to wait 24 hours before receiving abortion services, require them to view and hear a description of an ultrasound and require providers to give women printed information about risks associated with the procedure. The measure is similar to a Florida bill approved by the Legislature this year.

Bachmann again criticizes Romney for failure to sign ‘Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge’

Though presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has insisted he is opposed to abortion, Michele Bachmann is again criticizing him for failing to sign a pledge drawn up by the Susan B. Anthony List. Both Romney and fellow Republican candidate Herman Cain declined to commit to the pledge, which also went out to Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.