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Babies & Pain…Full Term, Premature (or Unborn)

Scott on April 6, 2006 at 10:42 am

According this article in the Irish Independent Newspaper, a London study has shown that premature babies feel pain. This study measured for the first time how the brains of very young babies respond to painful medical procedures.

(You have to create a free log in ID to read the Irish Independent)

I have to admit that there are some facets to the abortion debate that I haven’t fully scrutinized and this must be one of them. Until reading this article and doing some follow-up research, I had assumed that pain is a given. Who in their right mind would try to argue that a newborn baby feels pain but that the same baby a week earlier while still in the womb wouldn’t feel pain? What kind of sense does that make?

Well, I guess it makes sense to some people, including some of the people involved in this research. Even though the study confirms conclusively that premature infants are fully capable of feeling pain, the article says:

However, although the study shows that premature babies as young as 25 weeks feel pain, the researchers insist the findings cannot be used to suggest that aborted fetuses also feel pain.

“This study casts no light on the abortion issue because it was done on premature babies,” said Professor Maria Fitzgerald of University College London, who led the study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

So, according to some of the people involved in the study including the lead professor, a premature 25-week-old baby feels, registers, and reacts to pain. But, if that same 25-week-old baby was NOT premature and was still in the mother, they aren’t sure if that baby would feel, register, and react to pain. COME ON! Isn’t science supposed to be logical and make sense? Or is that only if the scientists agree with the outcomes and conclusions prompted by the outcomes.

Why isn’t the logic clear? Given the case of a baby/fetus that is 25 weeks from conception, isn’t the only difference between premature baby and still-in-the-womb fetus the location of the actual body? How would the location affect whether or not pain was being transmitted? Is the real problem connected to a scientific establishment that is trying to ride the fence and not come down on one side or the other of the abortion controversy?

I guess that if the medical scientists followed the actual logic of the situation, they would have to change the title of the article from “Study of Premature Baby Pain to Fuel Row on Abortion” to instead read “Study of Premature Baby Pain Proves that Abortion is an Inhumane Form of Agonizing Torture Against the Unborn.”

I guess it would be hard to sleep at night with THAT on your conscience. It must be so much easier/nicer to bury one’s head in the proverbial sand.

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