SCS/SB 196 - This act establishes the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act. This act requires treating physicians to inform women seeking abortions after 20 weeks gestation that she has the right to review specified information about the capacity of an unborn child to experience pain during an abortion. The treating physicians must also offer the women the option of administering an anesthetic or analgesic to the unborn child. There are exceptions to these requirements in the cases of medical emergencies.
This act also removes the definition of "medical emergency" from Section 188.039, and moves it, without any changes, to the definitions Section in 188.015.
This act is substantially similar to SB 562 (2006).