posted on Jul, 17 2010 @ 02:30 PM
WASHINGTON, D. C. — The Family Research Council on July 12 released a new report that refutes claims made recently by the Royal College of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ ( RCOG) that a fetus is not able to feel pain before 24 weeks of development.
RCOG’s study is being used to uphold Britain’s current legalization of abortions up to 24 weeks. Pro- abortion activists in the United States
could also try to use this study to argue against Nebraska’s new law that states that an unborn baby can feel pain at 20 weeks and which, as a
result, outlaws abortions from that point on.
Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity Jeanne Monahan notes that the RCOG’s study is seriously flawed and could lead to a profound moral
injustice, the more cavalier taking of unborn life. Said Monahan: “ The report appears to be politically timed and motivated, given the growing
momentum in the United Kingdom to protect the life of the unborn by lowering the time limits for legal abortion.
“ RCOG is using a faulty definition of pain in this study. A number of experts in the field of fetal development, who were not consulted for
this report, previously have refuted the idea that the cortex needs to be fully developed for an unborn baby to feel pain. “ On the contrary, it
is possible that unborn babies between 20- 30 weeks of development can experience greater pain than a full- term newborn or older child. At 20- 30
weeks, an unborn child possesses the highest number of pain receptors per square inch he or she will ever possess, and the baby’s nerve fibers are
located closest to the surface of the skin.
“ Most important, RCOG is trying — but failing — to dehumanize the baby to make abortion appear somehow more palatable, yet the truth
remains that abortion is a violent and painful procedure for the infant and mother.
“ The humanness of the unborn child is not contingent on its capacity for pain. Whether or not an unborn child can feel pain is irrelevant to
the respect that an unborn person deserves — respect sufficient to be protected by law from conception until natural death,” Monahan
For more information, please visit www.frc.org.
[edit on 17-7-2010 by Starbug3MY]