Wednesday, July 14, 2010

FRC Report Addresses ‘Faulty’ Fetal Pain Study

Says the Family Research Council:

"RCOG is using a faulty definition of pain in this study," said Jeanne Monahan, Director of the FRC's Center for Human Dignity. "A number of experts in the field of fetal development ... previously have refuted the idea that the cortex needs to be fully developed for an unborn baby to feel pain."

She continued: "On the contrary, it is possible that unborn babies between 20-30 weeks of development can experience greater pain than a full-term newborn or older child."


The RCOG report is based on the idea that the cortex is required to feel pain. The FRC’s report, however, points out that even babies born without fully developed cortexes "respond to noxious stimuli."