feeling no pain

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 24, 2005

When doctors operate on a child still inside the mother's womb-- a technique that's advancing quite rapidly-- they administer anesthesia. But any anesthesia involves some medical risks.

Rosen said those risks are medically acceptable when the goal is to save the fetus but there's not enough evidence to show any benefit from fetus-directed anesthesia during an abortion.
Yes, there's a certain hard-headed logic to that statement, isn't there? If you're going to kill the child anyway, why worry that it's going to feel pain?

But the question being asked, in a new study for the AMA Journal, is whether an unborn child does feel pain.

A review of medical evidence has found that fetuses likely don't feel pain until the final months of pregnancy, a powerful challenge to abortion opponents who hope that discussions about fetal pain will make women think twice about ending pregnancies.

Two questions:

  1. If it's likely that you won't feel pain, does your dentist give you novocain? Or does he make sure?
  2. Can a "blob of tissue" feel pain? Or are we staring at yet another clear piece of medical evidence showing that the thing inside the womb is a fellow human being?
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    • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 25, 2005 11:43 AM ET USA

      Also, did everyone notice, as some newspapers reported, that the authors of the "study" work for NARAL & assorted abortion mills? The "editor" of the AMA Journal said that she wished she had known of the authors' affiliation with NARAL & abortion mills before she published the article. Sure. I wonder whether the AMA Journal will publish a retraction in the next issue, explicitly stating the bias of the "study?"

    • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 24, 2005 7:13 PM ET USA

      Great questions, Diogenes. Indeed, there's no debate in the scientific community whether the baby is a human person. Here are three more questions: How much do we care for the little child residing at this moment in the womb of his/her mom? What are we willing to do to help the child? Conversely: Who is willing to harm the baby & what is their reason for maiming or killing the child?

    • Posted by: - Aug. 24, 2005 9:18 AM ET USA

      This study has been hotly challenged as utterly biased. Which, of course, it is.