Abortion update: Immature fetus ignorant to pain until 24 weeks


Abortion is a procedure to end pregnancy. An abortion can occur spontaneously due to complications during pregnancy or can be induced.  On average, women who choose abortion have major 3 reasons- They think baby would interfere with their work, school or other responsibilities, or they cannot afford a child or they do not want to be a single parent if having problems with their husband or partner. There are laws as up to what time abortion needs to be performed. 

A recent study commissioned by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG)  revealed that human fetus cannot feel pain before the age of 24 weeks, so it is safe to have abortion up to 24 weeks. The latest study is contradicted of various studies performed on earlier occasions and the law passed last year by Nebraska.

What is the result of the study?
The RCOG described that their findings is based on these points:

  • The fetus cannot feel pain before 24 weeks because the connections in the fetal brain are not fully formed.
  • The fetus, while in the chemical environment of the womb, is in a state of induced sleep and is unconscious.
  • Because the 24 week-old fetus has no awareness nor can it feel pain, the use of analgesia is of no benefit.
  • More research is needed into the short and...

    long-term effects of the use of fetal analgesia post-24 weeks

In 2009, Nebraska passed a law banning abortions after 20 weeks on the theory that fetuses would feel pain during the process.

The government-commissioned study is a setback for anti-abortion activists, who want the country’s current 24-week time limit for terminations reduced.

Anti abortion has always been a topic of intense debate.  To a certain extent arguments comes from the moral grounds, wherein some people believe that you have no right to take away a life.  There are parts of the world, where people go for abortion to get rid of female fetus.  

I think doctors are the better judge to evaluate the new scientific study. In any event I always believe that if not needed, women should not perform the abortion. They should plan their family planning evaluating all the facet of life. Other studies have provided evidence that abortion can be solution of your unwanted pregnancy, but can create complications in future; women who perform abortion have more chance of breast cancer in future.

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