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2006-04-04

[Study says] Premature Babies Feel Pain [UPDATED: 4/7/06]

A BBC Report of a sudy about premature infants and pain confirms what most of us intuitively knew... fetuses feel pain.

Oh, of course the media won't say THAT... and of course, the research technically doesn't say that either.

According to the BBC Report:

Lead researcher Professor Maria Fitzgerald said: "We have shown for the first time that the information about pain reaches the brain in premature babies.

"Beforehand, although we could assume it, we did not know for sure that these babies could feel pain.

"These babies' brains are so immature that it was difficult to genuinely know that the pain was going to their brain."


I like that, "Beforehand, although we could assume it..." -- of course, we DIDN'T assume it, but we COULD assume it.

Also, I like the interestingly crafted phrase, "information about pain reaches the brain in premature babies." -- They still didn't say they "feel pain." That's quite an interesting bit of obfuscation.

Since they only studied infants who were born prematurely (25+ weeks) and not those that were still in the womb, I'm sure there'll be some backpeddling when the question gets asked, "Does this mean that a 5 month old fetus feels pain?"

[Click on Full Post below for More (NOT recommended for those sensitive to discussions about abortion procedures)]
I can imagine the answer will be something like, "well, this study actually only included babies that had been born, we don't have information about babies still in utero. We also don't have data about babies before 25 weeks, so there's no reason to assume that they feel pain... "

The pro-abortionists will, of course add something like this: "Therefore we can go ahead and chop them up in utero and vacuum them out with a good conscience until 25 weeks. But if we partially birth them and suck out their brains, they can't feel pain anyway since the brain is what interprets pain. Therefore, we can do that until full delivery."

[I have little sympathy for the abortion industry and those who promote this despicable practice. I do have a lot of pity for them though. They will have to live the rest of their lives knowing that they maimed and killed the most innocent members of our society -- and that they inflicted pain while doing so.

On the other hand, I have a lot of sympathy for those who have been decieved and have succumbed to the lies and half truths that abortion is O.K... they were lied to and decieved. Now they must live in the knowledge that they participated in such a barbaric act.

My message to both is that there is forgiveness in Christ. You are not beyond salvation. Jesus Christ died so that the sin of both the abortionist and the woman who has had an abortion would be forgiven. And that is an accomplished work. This was made sure by His resurrection from the dead which was witnessed by many. I pray that all would hear and come to the knowledge of that truth.]


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Perhaps I'm too cynical, but I expect this will either be buried somewhere in the dominant press in the U.S. or be spun into something else. I'm actually kind of surprised that it made the BBC Front Page RSS feed.

=-=-UPDATE-=-=
And then there's this story: Babies < 25 weeks should be left to die. Also: here and here

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