Fetus Feels No Pain Before 24 Weeks: Study
Major British review says brain connections aren't formed
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2010 6:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The human fetus is naturally "sedated" and feels no pain before 24 weeks, say British researchers. In fact, it may not feel any pain until birth, reports the BBC. The scientific review, commissioned by Britain's Department of Health, is likely to roil the abortion debate in Britain and in the US.

The researchers at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists concluded that because brain connections aren't fully formed, the fetus exists in what amounts to an unconscious state. The review focused on the 24-week mark, which is the legal upper limit for British abortions. "It can be concluded that the fetus cannot experience pain in any sense prior to this gestation," the report states. More details at the Guardian.

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Jun 28, 2010 12:19 AM CDT
Interesting.."A 2002 survey found that most women seeking abortions were married, aged in their thirties and already had four children. Globally, an estimated 20 million women have illegal abortions every year, around 68,000 of whom die as a result. " From http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/abortion-hotline-in-pakistan-faces-violent-opposition-2011540.html
Jun 26, 2010 12:31 PM CDT
They used to say that about wife abuse too....they don't really feel pain!
Jun 25, 2010 10:38 PM CDT
Wow, the the Murder of the unborn is "painless murder."