American Medical Association, babies do feel pain before 20 weeks!
The American Medical Association (AMA) continues to defend an outdated report that claims unborn babies cannot feel pain until after 20 weeks gestation. Although this report has been debunked by more recent medical studies, the AMA refuses to retract it. As a result, major media outlets such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times continue to quote the report as authoritative.
This is very significant. Many unplanned mothers don’t want to hurt the baby inside of them; they just want the “problem” to go away. So if an unplanned mother believes her baby isn’t quite a real person yet because they can’t feel pain, she will be more likely to abort her baby. Until the AMA changes its stance, this misconception will continue to lead to numerous babies killed in the womb.
Please stand with us in demanding the AMA revise its 2005 analysis that a developing baby before 20 weeks can’t feel pain.
The premise of the AMA’s 2005 study is that a person cannot feel pain until the cerebral cortex is fully formed. However, at least two other medical studies argue the opposite. A study published in the journal Pain: Clinical Updates argues that unborn babies under 20 weeks do in fact appear to feel pain in the same way that a newborn baby feels pain.
“Multiple lines of evidence thus corroborate that the key mechanisms of consciousness or conscious sensory perception are not dependent on cortical activity. Consistent with this evidence, the responses to noxious stimulation of children with hydranencephaly are purposeful, coordinated, and similar to those of intact children.”
A more recent study by the researchers at the department of anesthesiology at the University Hospitals in Gasthuisberg, Belgium, further confirmed this finding: that the cortex is not necessary for an unborn baby to experience pain.
A neurologist at the University of Toronto, Dr. Paul Ranalli argues that because of their early stage of development, "unborn babies probably feel pain more intensely than adults.”
Dr. David Birnbach, a pro-choice doctor and president of the Society of Obsteric Anesthesia said that during fetal surgeries, “we need to administer anesthesia directly to the fetus, because even at these early gestational ages the fetus moves away from the pain of stimulation.”
Clearly, the AMA’s study is gravely outdated and must be revised. Medical professionals from around the world agree that unborn babies do experience pain before 20 weeks. It’s wrong and highly unprofessional for the AMA to continue circulating the misconception that fetuses aren’t capable of experiencing terrible pain. The reality is that they do, and the longer this study is believed the more pregnant mothers are going to believe they are just removing “tissue.” Please stand with us in urging the AMA to change this study immediately!
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