Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin vetoed a bill that would have required doctors providing abortions after the 5th month of pregnancy to inform their patients that the fetus could suffer pain. The governor's decision was based on his opinion that there is no evidence conclusively proving when a fetus can feel pain.
Said Doyle: ""It would be reckless to inject a requirement that doctors communicate unproven science to their patients during an already difficult and sometimes traumatic time."
How much less reckless is it to allow for the possibility that the fetus does indeed feel pain and not tell these women? It would be reckless to allow a patient to undergo a procedure without fulling disclosing the possibility of all consequences, including psychological ones.
Ah, but if there is any acknowledgment that the fetus might feel pain, that would make abortion appearto be cruel and barbaric - and suddenly that would make that fetus become a baby. You can't expect the pro-choice group to err on the side of caution in light of the lack of "conclusive evidence" if it undermines their position.