If animals feel pain, what about preborn babies?

Many people who deny that aborted babies feel pain nevertheless believe animals feel pain. The brain of an preborn baby, even two months after conception, is as developed or more developed than those of many animals.  Professor of Perinatal Medicine Sir Albert William Liley testified on fetal pain:

“One of the problems about pain is that it is a peculiarly subjective and personal phenomenon. There is no biochemical or physiological test you can do to tell if anyone is in pain…But by the same token we have no proof that animals feel pain; we only infer that they do. But it seems charitable to infer that, otherwise there would be no point in having societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals…And in that regard I am prepared to charitably assume that the baby before birth feels pain because I would be reluctant to extend consideration to animals that I would withhold from a human.”

Quoted from Borowski v. The Attorney General of Canada, Transcript of Evidence and proceedings at Trial, page 194, Regina, Saskatchewan, May, 1983.

“ABORTION A Briefing Book For Canadian Legislators” Campaign Life Coalition NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE July 2002


This preborn baby is capable of reacting to touch and moving independently. If someone assumes that fish and frogs feel pain, but a baby this developed (still in the first trimester) does not, are they being consistent?

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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