PSEUDOSCIENCE

Utah Gov Signs Abortion Anesthesia Bill

Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law Monday evening a bill making his state the first to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion once they are 20 weeks into a pregnancy. The law is based on the disputed premise that the fetus can feel pain, leading many health-care professionals to worry such a law will increase risks for women by mandating they have an unnecessarily heavy sedation.