While I’m not a doctor or medical researcher, there are times when there is no alternative but accept the facts that have been proven.
“We know a lot about embryology [in the field]. The way that a fetus grows and develops hasn’t changed and never will,” Dr. Anne Davis, a second-trimester abortion provider, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, and consulting medical director at Physicians for Reproductive Health, told Salon. “And what we know in terms of the brain and the nervous system in a fetus is that the part of the brain that perceives pain is not connected to the part of the body that receives pain signals until about 26 weeks from the last menstrual period, which is about 24 weeks from conception.”
Because the neural structures necessary to feel pain have not yet developed, any observable responses to stimuli at this gestational stage — like the fetal “flinching” during an amniocentesis — are reflexive, not experiential. Which is to say, the fetus at 20 weeks can’t actually feel anything at all. Which is to say, the fundamental justification for these laws is a really big, really popular lie.
This should be enough to put all the stupid laws about fetal pain after 20 weeks to rest. There is no purpose for these laws, but they are causing people an immense amount of problems since some of the developmental problems don’t show up until slightly after 20 weeks of gestation.
It is time for pro-life people to educate themselves about development issues. Using a lack of knowledge as an excuse to try to ban other people’s actions needs to treated as the tantrum of the uninformed that it is.