Medical textbook on fetal pain

From a textbook on the development of the human brain:

“Lip tactile response may be evoked by the end of the seventh week. By 10.5 weeks, the palms of the hands are responsive to light stroking with a hair, and at 11 weeks, the face and all parts of the upper and lower extremities are sensitive to touch. By 13.5 to 14 weeks, the entire body surface, except for the back and top of the head, are sensitive to pain.

Reinis, S., and Goldman, J.M., The Development of the Brain, (Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, 1980)

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11 weeks
11 weeks
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Past president of American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on fetal pain

A  past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists explains that unborn babies react to pain in the womb:

“It can be clearly demonstrated that fetuses seek to evade certain stimuli in a manner which in an infant or an adult would be interpreted as a reaction to pain.”

Richard T.F. Schmidt, M.D., Past President of American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Statement, February 13, 1984.

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Fellow of Board of Anesthesiologists claims baby feels pain in first trimester

In America Medical News, February 24, 1984, Dr. Vincent Collins, Diplomat and Fellow of the American Board of Anesthesiologists, stated:

As early as eight to ten weeks’ gestation, and definitely by thirteen-and-a-half weeks, the human fetus experiences organic pain. Dr. Collins listed the following factors as evidence that the fetus is capable of pain:

• The cortex is developed between four and five weeks of age.

• Reflex actions can be observed between four and seven weeks.

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9-10 weeks

• Brain waves are detectable between six and seven weeks.

• Nerves connecting the spinal cord to peripheral structures have developed between six to eight weeks.

• Adverse reactions to stimuli are observed between eight and ten weeks

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Neonatologist testifies about fetal pain

Dr. Colleen A Malloy, Assistant professor, division of neonatology at Northwestern University testified before the House Judiciary Committee in June 2012, and said:

“[T]hus, the difference between fetal and neonatal pain is simply the locale in which the pain occurs. I could never imagine subjecting my tiny patients to horrific procedures such as those that involve limb detachment or cardiac injection.”

David Andrusko “Neonatologist tells Congress the ‘fetus and neonate born prior to term may have an even heightened sensation of pain compared to an infant more advanced in gestation” Part 3 of 4, National Right to Life News Today 5/22/2012

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Unborn babies recoil from pain at 5 – 6 months

5 months
5 months

Curtis Cook, M.D., Maternal-Fetal Medicine Butterworth Hospital, Michigan State College of Human Medicine:

“In the course of my practice, we must occasionally perform life-saving procedures on babies while still in the uterus. I have often observed babies of 5 to 6 months gestation withdraw from needles and instruments, much like a pain response.”

Jeanne G Miller Lives Interrupted: The Unwanted Pregnancy Dilemma (Tyler, Texas, 2014) 40

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Foot of a 5 month baby torn off. did this child fee the pain? 
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Brain of aborted baby registers pain after 20 weeks

Doctor Paul Ranalli, a neurologist at the University of Toronto, says:

24 weeks
24 weeks

“[C]areful anatomical studies reveal, in fact, that the ascending pain fibers reach the cortex by 20 weeks. They then ‘sit’ briefly, for a few days to a few weeks, before making their final push upward to establish their ultimate connections (synapses) with the surface grey matter neurons that register a conscious awareness of pain. Allowing some room for individual variability, the brain of an unborn child will begin to register pain impulses just after 20 weeks with ever-increasing amounts of pain reception reaching millions of surface cortical neurons between 20 and 24 weeks.”

“The emerging reality of fetal pain in late abortions” National Right to Life News September, 2000, p. 14

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Pain researcher says fetus reacts to pain at 16-19 weeks

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16 weeks

Doctor Ken Craig, a researcher on pain in premature babies at the University of British Columbia, told the Vancouver Province (August 30, 1995):

“By every measure, the fetus from 16-19 weeks reacts to a painful stimulus in a manner consistent with the perception of pain. At 24-25 weeks post conception, a fetus displays all of the physiological and behavioural reactions you observe in children and adults.”

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Professor of Anesthesiology says D&E is painful for the fetus

Dr. Collins is Professor of Anesthesiology and Northwestern University and the University of Illinois and the author of Principles of Anesthesiology, at the time one of the leading medical texts on the control of pain. He says:

“D&E abortions are performed after the twelfth week of pregnancy and are performed up to and including the period of viability, when fetal bones are too large and brittle and the size of the fetus is too great for standard first trimester abortion techniques. D&E involves the progressive dismemberment of the fetus prior to extraction in order to facilitate removal of the fetal parts from the uterus. The slicing and crushing involved in dismemberment of the fetus in D&E abortions would obviously excite pain receptors and stimulate neural pathways, thereby invoking an aversive response in the fetus whose central nervous system is functioning. It must be concluded, therefore, that the fetus suffers pain as a result of the D&E abortion.”

Vincent J Collins, M.D., Steven R Zielinski, M.D., and Thomas J Marzen, Esq. Fetal Pain and Abortion: The Medical Evidence, Chicago: Americans United for life, Inc. Studies in Law and Medicine, no. 18, 8

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Quoted in Stephen Schwarz The Moral Question of Abortion (Chicago, Illinois: Loyola University Press, 1990)

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20 years of research proves that unborn babies feel pain

“Over the last 20 years, medical technology and scientific research, by way of ultrasonography, fetoscopy, fetal electrocardiograms, and fetal electroencephalograms, have demonstrated the remarkable responsiveness of the human fetus to pain, touch and sound… The majority of babies aborted by this [partial-birth abortion, a late term abortion] procedure are alive and feel pain by the end of the procedure… The fact that anesthesia is now routinely used on preborn children during fetal surgery is an obvious commentary on the unborn child’s capacity to feel pain.”

Sheila Carey–Kuzmic, M.D., F ACOG, Pediatric Specialist, Board certified in Westerly, Rhode Island

Fetal Pain and Partial-Birth Abortion, Physicians Ad Hoc Coalition for Truth

Phoebe Lee Casualties of Indulgence: from Life to Aborted (New York: Writer’s Showcase, 2001)  1231-122

In a partial-birth abortion, the baby was delivered feet first and then her skull was punctured. This was very painful for the baby. Partial-birth abortion is now illegal. Abortions laid in pregnancy are now done by D&E, where the baby is dismembered. This is just as painful for the child, if not more so.

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Sir Albert Lilley, Father of Fetology, on unborn baby’s pain

An interview with Sir Albert Lilley, a scientist who is often called the “Father of Fetology” on fetal pain:

Question: In the case of an 8- to-10-week fetus, if you apply pressure will it tend to try to get out of the way?

Answer: … as the famous work of Dr. Davenport Hooker shows, in his many thousands of feet of film, babies at this maturity are responsive to touch.

9 week old preborn baby
9 week old preborn baby

The fetus also responds violently to painful stimuli-needle puncture and injection of cold or of hypertonic solutions- stimuli which you and I find painful, children will tell you are painful, and the neonate, to judge from his responses, finds painful….

What's left behind after an abortion at 9 weeks
abortions at 9 weeks

I have been told by advocates of abortion that we have no proof that the fetus actually feels pain. Strictly, they are quite correct. Pain is a peculiarly personal and subjective experience and there is no biochemical or physiological test we can do to tell that anyone is in pain – a phenomenon which makes it very easy to bear other people’s pain stoically, which is an important point for obstetricians to remember. By the same token we lack any proof that animals feel pain. However, to judge from their responses, it seems charitable to assume they do. Were this not so there would be no point in having an organization like the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and I for one would be unhappy to think we would withhold from the human fetus a charitable consideration we were prepared to extend to animals.

Question: The question, then, of pain felt by the fetus – it is your personal opinion, I gather from what you say in your paper, that in effect the fetus does feel pain?

Answer: I can only say that the fetus responds violently to stimuli that you and I would find painful. Bertrand Russell once remarked that a fisherman had told him that fish had neither sense or sensation, but how he knew that the fisherman would not tell him.

“Do Unborn Children Feel Pain?” Abort73.com Retrieved 9/30/2015

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