U.S. Senator Ben Sasse explains: “As early as 20 weeks post-fertilization, which is about halfway through the pregnancy, scientists and our doctors now tell us that this unborn baby can feel pain.”
“In fact, it’s becoming routine procedure of late, for us to give unborn and premature infants anesthesia for their fetal surgeries. Why?… It’s because we have new scientific evidence that they feel pain. It turns out that babies that are 20 weeks along in gestation are pain-capable inside mom’s uterus.”
As Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand testified before Congress:
The human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by the fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns.
According to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts: “Pain receptors (nociceptors) are present throughout the unborn child’s entire body and nerves link these receptors to the brain’s thalamus and subcortical plate by no later than 20 weeks after fertilization.”
Dr Paul Ranalli, neurologist at the University of Toronto explained, “[20 weeks is a] uniquely vulnerable time, since the pain system is fully established, yet the higher level pain-modifying system has barely begun to develop,” suggesting 20-week-old babies might feel pain more acutely than older people.
“The embryological evidence of development of the nervous system is pretty well-defined,” Dr Kathi Aultman, a board certified OB/GYN, ACOG fellow, and former abortionist told LifeSiteNews. “And there isn’t much argument about how well developed the nervous system is at 20 weeks.”
Dr Altman went on to explain, “When I did my rotation in the neonatal intensive care unit, there were little babies there not much older than 20 weeks and they definitely felt pain. When you would stick their heel to get blood, or try to start an IV, they definitely felt pain… [Not a] knee-jerk reaction. Those babies were in pain and they did not do well.”
Clair Chretien of LifeSiteNews went on to rightly point out, “Even if babies didn’t feel pain during late-term abortions, those abortions would still be wrong. Every abortion ends the life of a whole, distinct, living human being, even if the baby is in her earliest part of life at only a few weeks old. Feeling pain isn’t what makes a human a human.”
“Perhaps the barbarity and gruesomeness of painful late-term abortions will cause [us] to re-think whether we should at all be tolerating the dismemberment, poisoning, and starving of babies at anytime during pregnancy.”