A bill is gathering support in the Virginia legislature that would require unborn children be administered a painkiller before abortions are performed.

A measure introduced by Republican Dick Black will be considered by the justice committee of Virginia’s lower chamber, the House of Delegates, Monday, reported WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. The Senate will address a similar measure Thursday.

“We must do everything possible to relieve the terror and suffering of children as they are aborted,” said Black in a statement.

The plan, which applies to abortions performed after the 12th week of pregnancy, would bring criminal charges to any abortion doctor who does not administer the painkiller.

WRC said the bill has support in the Virginia General Assembly, with more than 50 delegates and 15 senators acting as co-sponsors. Most of the sponsors are Republicans, but there is bipartisan support.

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