Studies continue to prove that preborn babies can feel pain in abortion, which, according to one pro-life doctor, poses a moral consideration.
Two doctors, Stuart Derbyshire and John C. Bockmann, have published a new academic paper titled "Reconsidering Fetal Pain." According to Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, it is an exhaustive review of scientific literature on whether the babies can feel pain.
"When they looked at it objectively, the answer was yes -- maybe as early as 12 weeks, but certainly by 18 to 20 weeks, all of the nerve paths are there," Dr. Prentice relays. "We don't need the cortex to do it because there's another part of the brain that actually can respond to pain."
He adds that further scientific research at some point in the future could determine even an earlier response to pain.
"There was a paper just last year that pushed this back to 12 to 15 weeks," Dr. Prentice notes.
Other science indicates that preborn babies may be able to feel pain as early as six or eight weeks, but he cautions that remains to be proven.
Dr. Prentice goes on to say that there is a moral consideration -- we should not be inflicting pain on any human being, especially young people still in the womb.
One of the abstract authors is pro-abortion and continues to support the practice.