A UK government-funded study recently concluded that the unborn baby (‘fetus’) cannot feel pain in the first 24 weeks (a similar American study placed the threshold at 29 or 30 weeks). Pro-aborts have claimed this is bad news for the pro-life lobbies which want to reduce the age limit for abortions. This is because fetal scans show that the connections in the brain are not fully formed by that time. Before the connections are formed, the pre-born baby is claimed to be able to react to pain stimuli, but not to feel pain like post-natal babies do.

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