Via NRO’s Andrew Johnson:

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin doesn’t seem terribly concerned with the question of whether infants being aborted can feel pain.

In an interview this morning, after Melvin said the evidence that the unborn feel pain before the third trimester is “limited,” Representative Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) explained to Melvin that the bill dealt with pregnancies at the 20th week or later, and went on to liken unborn infants at this developmental stage to “tiny little preemies” in a neonatal unit who respond to “the pricks and the prods and the pain.” She also pointed out that surgeons operating on fetuses use anesthesia. Melvin interrupted her explanation to say, “I don’t want to get bogged down” with the issue. “I think a great deal of people would agree that science and that public opinion is on your side,” he said, before moving to another topic.

According to Melvin, supporting the ban on abortions after 20 weeks is merely “political pandering.”  Oy.

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