A human fetus is unlikely to feel pain before the third trimester researchers claim in an article that "could fuel debate over proposed U.S. abortion legislation."
The conclusion was drawn from "a review of medical evidence" (medical literature) and has been billed as "a powerful challenge to abortion opponents who hope that discussions about fetal pain will make women think twice about ending pregnancies."
Recongnized fetal pain expert Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand reportedly disagreed with the findings. "This is going to inflame a lot of scientists who are very, very concerned and are far more knowledgeable in this area than the authors appear to be," he said. "This is not the last word definitely not." [LifeNews has more quotes from Anand]
Anand, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas, has testified that on the basis of changes in physiological parameters in response to stimuli (pain) he believes unborn babies can feel "severe" pain at 20 weeks gestation.
Blogger Jay Anderson writes, "I doubt the findings of this report, but also think the whole inquiry into fetal pain is irrelevant. Since when is it okay to kill people so long as they don't feel pain while you're snuffing out their lives?"
While the reported research opinion is up for debate, I agree with Jay. Whether or not an unborn baby feels pain while being killed does not impact the ethics of abortion. Murder doesnt have to be painful to be immoral.
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