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Do you believe a fetus can feel pain? Seems some yahoos at the U.K. Royal College don't think so ~

Now, in a blow to America's anti-abortion lobby, a British report has undercut the case for the measure, finding that fetuses at 24 weeks or less do not feel pain and exist in a state of "sedation" even afterward.

The report, commissioned by the British government and published this week by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, consists of a review of studies conducted since 1997 on the neuroanatomical and physiological development of the fetus. It concludes that fetuses at the 24-week stage of development do not possess the wiring to transmit pain signals from the body to the brain's cortex. Even after 24 weeks, the fetus likely exists in a state of "continuous sleep-like unconsciousness or sedation," due to the presence of chemicals such as adenosine in the surrounding amniotic fluid.


Asked by tasches at 6:33 PM on Feb. 17, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • Sounds like some more politically motivated rhetoric to excuse murder to me.

    Answer by Momto8kidsyay at 7:04 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • YES,they feel pain. Nervous system = pain receptors

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 6:39 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • yeah they feel pain

    Answer by Tarrahs2011 at 6:49 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • WTF? I don't know if they feel pain or not, but if you have carried that baby to 20 weeks, you have had enough time to decide whether or not to have it.

    Answer by Mme.Langley at 9:31 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • *sigh*

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 PM on Feb. 17, 2011