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The Myth of "Fetal Pain"
LJWorld.com ^ | March 10, 2012 at 3:06 p.m. | Cait48

Posted on 03/17/2012 11:26:27 PM PDT by Rabin

A number of state legislatures are passing legislation outlawing abortion after the twentieth week on the basis of "fetal pain". This is just one of many, unscientifically founded assertions regarding abortion that are being codified into our laws in different states. Part of the misunderstanding of "fetal pain" has to do with the idea that a developing fetus feels pain the way an adult feels pain. This is an impossibility.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; fetaldevelopment; fetus; painabortion
Re Ariaona Republic: Debate surrounding this year's battle over abortion-restriction legislation at the Arizona Legislature -- and in at least two other states -- has come down to a question of pain… "The evaluation of pain in the human fetus and neonate is difficult because pain is generally defined as a subjective phenomenon"...Can a fetus feel pain, and at what gestational age does that ability develop?

Re Rab: All is well, pain is the sticking point. Lets jes throw the baby into an Osterizer head first (denigrating pain to an infinitesimal p0int in time), in the narrow circumstance, job well done, pay the butcher, nothing here folks jes move along.. Wow, what a dil. No more messing with zygotes, fetuses, partials, premes... Wow indeed, if it works for unwanted children perhaps it would be ok for the mother in-law, using a properly appointed yard mulcher. Later on jus pick your no painer. Pick a jew, or all jews. Pick an ….

MmmMm? Or maybe not.

Rab

1 posted on 03/17/2012 11:26:33 PM PDT by Rabin
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To: Rabin

“unscientifically founded”

No, as a 14+ years NICU RN it has been scientifically founded that they do feel pain. Too many people know the truth on this one.


2 posted on 03/17/2012 11:38:24 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick over 50)
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To: pops88

I agree with you.


3 posted on 03/17/2012 11:40:38 PM PDT by U-238
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To: Rabin

So ... if I murder someone, but do it in such a way that it is ensured that they feel no pain, I get off. Don’t I?

What, it doesn’t work that way?


4 posted on 03/17/2012 11:42:51 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Rabin

Does the “baby human” feel pain before or after they are murdered?..
After they are dead they may NOT feel pain.. This could be true..


5 posted on 03/17/2012 11:43:55 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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In 36 states there are fetal homicide laws.


6 posted on 03/17/2012 11:45:34 PM PDT by U-238
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To: Rabin
However, there may be an emerging consensus among developmental neurobiologists that the establishment of thalamocortical connections" (at about 26 weeks) is a critical event with regard to fetal perception of pain.[27] Nevertheless, because pain can involve sensory, emotional and cognitive factors, it is "impossible to know" when painful experiences may become possible, even if it is known when thalamocortical connections are established.[27]
7 posted on 03/17/2012 11:46:05 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Obama proved in Texas- that health care , like all fed programs, is a political compliance weapon.)
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To: Rabin

By their logic it is okay to kill an adult if you anesthetize them first, then you can put the bullet in their head because you know, “they don’t feel pain...”

What about people with these disorders:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congenital_insensitivity_to_pain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congenital_insensitivity_to_pain_with_anhidrosis

If someone murders someone with these conditions will they get off the hook? HELL NO!

So why is that even a standard for judging the ethics of abortions.

Occams Razor here, on line one, any takers?


8 posted on 03/17/2012 11:49:25 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: U-238

That runs contrary to the liberal position that a fetus is a life.

How can any states have laws that consider killing a pregnant women as 2 murders?


9 posted on 03/17/2012 11:51:00 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Obama proved in Texas- that health care , like all fed programs, is a political compliance weapon.)
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To: GraceG

Thank you, Yaweh, the keeper of all things!


10 posted on 03/17/2012 11:51:50 PM PDT by hope
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To: Rabin

Is the murder of a human that cannot feel pain and cannot live with out assistance, considered murder by the left ?


11 posted on 03/17/2012 11:52:42 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Obama proved in Texas- that health care , like all fed programs, is a political compliance weapon.)
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To: NoLibZone
That runs contrary to the liberal position that a fetus is a life.

It does.
12 posted on 03/17/2012 11:53:54 PM PDT by U-238
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To: GraceG

Thanks GG.

R could but add.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=fetal+pain&FORM=BIFD


13 posted on 03/18/2012 12:06:21 AM PDT by Rabin
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To: NoLibZone

How about the pain the mother will feel the rest of her life? Or near mother?


14 posted on 03/18/2012 12:11:40 AM PDT by Blacksheep (There are no coincidences......)
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To: Blacksheep

How about that God says He has every hair on your head accounted for...that means He knows everything!


15 posted on 03/18/2012 12:28:13 AM PDT by hope
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To: NoLibZone

Nope, that would be assisted suicide. The only lives the left fights for are those on Death Row.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 12:31:02 AM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: Rabin
A number of state legislatures are passing legislation outlawing abortion after the twentieth week on the basis of "fetal pain". This is just one of many, unscientifically founded assertions regarding abortion that are being codified into our laws in different states. Part of the misunderstanding of "fetal pain" has to do with the idea that a developing fetus feels pain the way an adult feels pain. This is an impossibility.

Uh huh.

"A number of state legislatures are passing legislation outlawing beating children after birth on the basis of "childhood pain". This is just one of many, unscientifically founded assertions regarding child beating that are being codified into our laws in different states. Part of the misunderstanding of "childhood pain" has to do with the idea that a developing child feels pain the way an adult feels pain. This is an impossibility."

In the above context, they say the case for abortions after the twentieth week depends upon the experience of pain. Are they saying that denying life is not to be permitted if the experience is painful? For whom? Surely after the fetus is dead it will no longer feel or remember feeling pain. This reminds me of the question of whether one would rather be given a drug before an operation that would prevent pain or be given one later that would erase from the memory the pain experienced during the operation. Such questioning is secondary to the fact of the operation. What will be its result? In the case of abortion the result will be the death of the fetus whether it feels any pain or not. The experience of pain, then, is not bad in itself if its cause brings about a better state of being or prevents a worse one. To grant or deny a fetus (the term here used generically) a future life outside the womb as a sentient human being by its present ability to experience pain seems more than bizarre--"It’s okay, you know, it didn’t feel a thing because it wasn’t sentient." Yeah, which is better, to exist having felt no pain of abortion or to not exist having felt no pain of abortion? To be or not to be, that is the question, isn’t it?
17 posted on 03/18/2012 12:39:11 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Rabin

So, anesthetize the unborn child right up to the time of birth and it’s alright. The child would not know it happened and if anyone is unaware of their own murder, then it shouldn’t be considered murder. Not!


18 posted on 03/18/2012 12:43:39 AM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Rabin

Is pain the moral metric now? Then if you painlessly kill an adult that won’t be murder anymore!?! It’s easy to do.


19 posted on 03/18/2012 12:48:45 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: NoLibZone
Obviously not. The proof is the court-ordered “murder” of Terry Shiavo. Of course, we do not really know if she experienced pain during the three weeks that it took this murder to be complete since she could not speak about it.
20 posted on 03/18/2012 3:36:14 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: Rabin

Go watch The Silent Scream. That fetus is 12 weeks.


21 posted on 03/18/2012 4:02:15 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: Rabin

The translation is: I want you to agree that I can kill babies and damn it you’re not cooperating.


22 posted on 03/18/2012 4:07:02 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: GraceG
By their logic it is okay to kill an adult if you anesthetize them first, then you can put the bullet in their head because you know, “they don’t feel pain...”

Unless that adult is a convicted murderer on death row - then they have to be absolutley certain that there will be no pain/discomfort or all the baby killers will throw a hissy about how inhumane and barbaric it is. Go figure.

23 posted on 03/18/2012 4:44:06 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Rabin

I remain convinced that abortion is a curse on our nation...a curse that removed many of God’s previous blessings and protections.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 5:04:57 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Rabin

“Potential” human, my Aunt Fannie’s fat patootie! As someone posted recently posted:
Mother has distinct DNA,
Father has distinct DNA, and
Baby has distinct DNA.

Ergo, baby is a human from conception.


25 posted on 03/18/2012 5:20:53 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Blacksheep

Conscience, anyone with it will make the right decision. Where a woman will say it’s my body and my right, she is RIGHT! She and she alone will live with it and answer for it. Its called individual responsibility, when government gets involved we all have blood on our hands because they use our money to pay for it.


26 posted on 03/18/2012 5:24:52 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: Rabin
In an odd way, what these laws do is "anthropomorphize" a fetus. I use that term deliberately because, technically, a fetus isn't a human.

Wrong. It is a unique living being of the species homo sapiens; it is human.

27 posted on 03/18/2012 6:00:34 AM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Rabin

Unfortunately, many people have little concept of objective justice (e.g. the right to life as an innate endowment and not as a reward dependent upon performance criteria.) Therefore they consider something to be wrong only if it feels bad, and not because it violates justice.


28 posted on 03/18/2012 6:08:37 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mit brennender Sorge)
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To: Rabin
from the article: any woman that has a late term abortion does so because she has to, not because she wants to do so. And the very fact that her fetus can't feel pain is one of the things that, frequently, keeps these women from suffering more than they have to.

So the woman is comforted by a lie until she sees tiny permature babies in the NICU. Then the truth cannot be denied.

29 posted on 03/18/2012 6:31:04 AM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Keep in mind: this was published in last Kansas newspaper devoted to protecting Kathleen Sibileus.


30 posted on 03/18/2012 6:33:43 AM PDT by Kanzan
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To: Kanzan

Kathleen Sebelius represents sheer diabolical perversion as much as anybody I can imagine. I have to remember that, as a human being, she cannot be pure evil. Even a person in mortal sin is not pure evil: there is still “somebody there” who is loved by God and capable of conversion. I must pray for her.


31 posted on 03/18/2012 8:49:54 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mit brennender Sorge)
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To: GraceG

Thank you Grace. Occams razor - simple logic. The straw men leap about unchecked because the schools do not teach crictical thinking.


32 posted on 03/18/2012 9:27:10 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

“I have to remember that, as a human being, she cannot be pure evil. Even a person in mortal sin is not pure evil: there is still “somebody there” who is loved by God and capable of conversion. I must pray for her.”

That is a beautiful fact & one that I needed to hear after the week I’ve been having. Thank you for posting it & stating it so well! God bless....


33 posted on 03/18/2012 7:10:29 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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