The 20/20 Project was started by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese but is an ecumenical movement embracing members representing many religious denominations. The goal of the 20/20 Project is to pass legislation to address the scientific fact that unborn babies are pain-sensitive at 20 weeks. Every other country on earth recognizes this fact except North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) is the prime sponsor of the legislation (S-2026). Similar legislation has been passed in 14 states and 2017 has been designated as the year of the big push to bring our laws into line with the rest of the civilized world.
On Monday, December 5th, Pro-Life legislative leaders held a press conference in Trenton to push for more legislative co-sponsors. In addition to Senator Oroho, they included Senator Mike Doherty, Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Tony Bucco, Assemblyman Bob Auth, NJ Right-to-Life leader Marie Tasy, and 20/20 coordinator Christine Flaherty.
At the press conference, Senator Oroho pointed out that the State of New Jersey currently issues birth certificates for stillborn children after 20 weeks gestation. We issue birth certificates because we recognize them as human beings. The law should also recognize that they feel pain.