Can Fetus Feel Pain?

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Registered: 02-20-2007
Can Fetus Feel Pain?
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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 11:17pm

If so, at what point in time - at 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 15 weeks..?

(I posted this question a while back but never checked in to see the response)

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Registered: 04-19-2006
Thu, 06-04-2009 - 3:23pm

>>Fetal pain is irrelevant; the issue around abortion is not one of 'what causes the least harm and pain to the z/f/e' but a matter of 'what does the woman want to do with her body.' The heart of the abortion issue is the right to choose. Other discussions, while interesting, are not relevant to the legal right to have an abortion. They maybe relevant to individuals considering abortion as an option, but that should not be confused with the legal fact that women are persons, z/e/f are not and only people have rights under our laws. <<

Even taking making abortion illegal out of it I think if there is a possibility of fetal pain relief should be given. My cat is not a human being and does not have the same rights I do. At my discretion I can have him killed by a vet but I can not have him killed in any painful way. I think it is a sad day if we are giving more consideration to a pet than the unborn IRT pain relief.

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Registered: 08-15-2008
Thu, 06-04-2009 - 10:18pm

While fetal pain may have ramifications for the individual

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Registered: 04-19-2006
Fri, 06-05-2009 - 6:38am
but the argument in question was if a fetus can feel pain should we provide relief. That really has nothing to do with the legality of abortion.
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Registered: 04-10-2003
Fri, 06-05-2009 - 3:49pm
If it poses any degree of risk or discomfort to the woman, then offering pain relief to a fetus that *may* or *may not* have the required circuitry to actually *feel* that pain should be the choice of the woman.
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