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Offline Mackem Steve

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« on: June 26, 2010, 02:04:03 PM »
No evidence exists that human foetuses feel pain before the age of 24 weeks and there is no reason to change the abortion limit, doctors have said.
A new study - commissioned by the Government and carried out by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists - has concluded nerve connections in the brain are not sufficiently formed to allow pain perception at that stage.
And the foetus remains in a state of "continuous sleep-like unconsciousness" even after 24 weeks, according to the report.
The findings suggest late abortions, which are allowed in cases of serious abnormalities or risk to the mother's health, may not result in foetal suffering.
The study comes amid efforts by some MPs, including Prime Minister David Cameron, to lower the existing abortion limit.
Mr Cameron argued in April that the time limit for abortions should be cut to "20 or 22 weeks".
But on the issue of pain perception, the report says: "Connections from the periphery to the cortex are not intact before 24 weeks of gestation.
"As most neuroscientists believe the cortex is necessary for pain perception, it can be concluded the foetus cannot experience pain in any sense prior to this gestation."
It adds: "There is increasing evidence that the foetus never experiences a state of true wakefulness in utero and is kept, by the presence of its chemical environment, in a continuous sleep-like unconsciousness or sedation."
Professor Allan Templeton, president of the Royal College, told The Times: "There is nothing in the report that suggests any need to review the upper limit."
But anti-abortion groups said the Royal College report has failed to challenge other arguments for a lower limit.
Josephine Quintavalle, from Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: "Performing abortion humanely does not justify the fact that you are terminating a human life."


I'm really split on this. On one side the pro abortion lobby (Pro Choice) say this is a good thing so abortion is justified. On the other side the anti-abortion lobby say that, at the end of the day, it's still a child, and they're being killed. Both sides have such strong arguments it's really hard to come down on one side or the other.

It showed a picture of a child that was born at 22 weeks and it was fully formed. Obviously it was tiny, but it had little feet and toes and everything - it was a child.
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