A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Why does that matter?

Abortion is still abortion. It does not matter if the baby feels pain or the mother feels pain or the doctor feels pain. The simple fact is that abortion murders a living human being. End of story.

But, of course, pro-murder abortion fans will do anything, make up anything to say that it doesn't matter, that abortion ought to be legal through the whole 9 months.

Now we have a report that says Fetuses May Not Feel Pain in Early Months---

CHICAGO - A review of medical evidence has found that fetuses likely don't feel pain until the final months of pregnancy, a powerful challenge to abortion opponents who hope that discussions about fetal pain will make women think twice about ending pregnancies.

Critics angrily disputed the findings and claimed the report is biased.

"They have literally stuck their hands into a hornet's nest," said Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand, a fetal pain researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, who believes fetuses as young as 20 weeks old feel pain. "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. This is not the last word — definitely not."

The review by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco comes as advocates are pushing for fetal pain laws aimed at curtailing abortion. Proposed federal legislation would require doctors to provide fetal pain information to women seeking abortions when fetuses are at least 20 weeks old, and to offer women fetal anesthesia at that stage of the pregnancy. A handful of states have enacted similar measures.
The main issue is not whether the baby feels pain or not, but the fact that a human is murdered.

Consider, then, that if abortion is alright because the baby does not feel pain, then it must also be alright to terminate all quadriplegics, coma patients, and anyone who is completely paralyzed or cannot feel pain. People who have developed really tough skin on their feet do not feel pain while walking on sharp rocks. Should we also do away with them, simply on that basis?

We cannot have this. The only consideration ought to be the fact that we are speaking of human beings---not sun fish.

And regardless of whether or not a baby feels pain until the late months of pregnancy, there are many other things that can and do affect him: drugs, alcohol, the mother eating improperly, the mother being beaten, lack of oxygen, etc. These all have a huge impact on the development of the child.

Anand, the researcher from Arkansas, said the authors excluded or minimized evidence suggesting fetal pain sensation begins in the second trimester and wrongly assume that fetuses' brains sense pain in the same way as adult brains.

While Anand has testified as an expert witness for the government in court cases opposing some late-term abortions, he said he is not anti-abortion and that his views are based on years of fetal pain research.