Scientist testifies about fetal pain

Jean A Wright, M.D, testifies before a Senate subcommittee about fetal pain:

“… Very preterm neonates [newborns] have the neuroanatomic substrate and functional physiologic and chemical processes in the brain responsible for mediating pain or noxious stimuli (known as nociception)… 

Anatomic studies have shown that the density of cutaneous nociceptive nerve endings in the late fetus and newborn infant equal or exceed that of adult skin…

… [A] controlled study of intrauterine blood sampling and blood transfusions in fetuses between 20 and 34 weeks of gestation showed hormonal responses that were consistent with fetal perception of pain…

Preterm neonates born at 23 weeks gestation show highly specific and well coordinated physiologic and behavioral responses to pain, similar to those seen in full-term neonates, older infants, and small children…”

Statement of Jean A Wright, M.D., MBA, before The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights, Senate Judiciary Committee, on “The 25th Anniversary of Roe V Wade: Has It Stood the Test of Time?” January 21, 1998

Above: foot of an unborn baby at 20 weeks – did this child feel pain when his foot was ripped from his body?

Read more about the pain unborn babies might feel during abortions here

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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