Can babies feel pain at 24 weeks?
Blogged by James Preece on 25th June 2010
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have announced today that according to their study, an unborn child is unable to feel pain until it is at least twenty-four weeks old. Therefore, the BBC report gleefully that there is "no reason to challenge the abortion limit".
I'm fairly sure the question of whether or not an eight weeks old fetus can feel pain is irrelevant to the question of whether it is morally acceptable to kill them. You might as well say that it's okay for me to abort my toddler just as long as I slip some anaesthetic in her orange juice.
If you want evidence though, Love Undefiled has a list of studies showing pain at eight weeks. For me, the more important question is "is this a human person" because if they are human, then killing them is morally wrong.
This is a human person:
That's Baby Jessica born only 23 weeks after conception.