Can Fetus Feel Pain

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B - August 27

Hey ladies, I just read an article that says that fetuses can't feel pain until the third trimester. I'm 25 weeks along now, and it's hard to believe that my little guy can't feel pain... I mean what about the babies that are born before the third trimester? You can't tell me that they can't pain. What do you girls think about this?

 

amanda - August 27

hi i believe you should look up "the silent scream" it is of a 13week abortion being performed on a fetus and the fetus trys to dodge the suction of the doctor, in the movie they say the fetus can feel pain???

 

B - August 27

I'd rather not watch anything like that. I read about it, but I don't see how or why anyone would want to watch an abortion being performed, whether they are pro choice or pro life.

 

Z - August 27

I'm going to guess that anything living can feel pain if not well just the thought gives me a shudder .

 

amanda - August 27

b, you asked if a fetus can feel pain? the answer is yes, i watched that video and i'am pro-choice i'am glad i watched the video i was going to get an abortion but after watching that video i changed my mind i'am now 34 weeks expecting a precious baby boy.

 

Cindy - August 27

It's a current debate in the news these days. My opinion is that whether or not the fetus could feel pain-- I COULD FEEL THE PAIN. The fetus (my baby) is a part of me-- from conception. So, for me it is irrelevant what scientists say.

 

not so scientific - August 27

this all makes me think about the story of a 2 year old who escaped the watchful/unwatchful eye of the parent as she crawled into the backyard from inside the house and into the snow and cold winter air . The child only knew that the snow was fun and it was an unconscius curiousity to her fate and in a short time was overcome by hyperthermia no longer felt pain and fell asleep to never again awaken . The child did'nt know how to protect herself or whether it was right or wrong or felt pain but didn't understand why or what to do about it or whether she was supposed to feel her pain or not or that she would die ( an unconscious and unaware death ) This doesn't mean I necessarily agree with abortion but I'm pondering what the fetus actually feels .

 

bump - August 27

bump - (means bring to top)

 

B - August 27

Not So Scientific: I think that your story is a very good point. I am not trying to turn this into an abortion debate, I just think that if a baby can be born as early as 24-25 weeks HOW can you tell me that that baby is not able to feel pain? If THAT is the case doesn't it discredit the whole debate? Maybe if someone here knows someone or had a premie that soon themselves, they can confirm my thoughts.

 

Evy - August 27

I think that a fetus can feel pain from very early on. I just don't know if they know how to recognize it as such and have the ability to know what to do to make it go away or even that it should go away. There is a big difference between "feeling" something and "acknowedging or identifying" what that something is.

 

miranda - August 27

I find that hard to believe. Very hard. In fact, I've read many different places that when a woman gets an amniocentesis done at 16 or so weeks, the baby will jump and sometimes try to attack a needle that accidentally knicks them.

 

Z - August 27

this is a very tricky subject but I think we shouldn't mess with the natural course in the creation of life although when I read the thread Pregnant by rape that also brought a whole new meaning .

 

not so scientific - August 27

I believe the fetus does feel something but maybe I'm digging a little to deep by pondering the question because I'm concerned in defense of the fetus/baby

 

N - August 27

i read that article yesterday and i'm still trying to decide what i think. Part of me believes my baby feels pain because i know it feels in general, but whether or not those sensations are registered as pain or pleasure or anything other than mere touch, i don't know. I see children around one to two years old and the differences in their perseption of pain and it makes me wonder if it is somewhat learned. Some parents don't react when their child hurts themselves until the child themselves react, and (like my son) do not even seem to notice most falls and bruises, while other children are upset by the smallest bumps. I know my baby can tell when there is pressure on my stomach, and is aware when it has the hiccups.. but whether it's reactions are from instinct or discomfort is so hard to tell. I also wonder about children with osteogenesis imperfecta, who often sustain broken bones while in the womb, and whether they felt that or not. I have heard that many parents won't know their child has this awful defect until they are a few months old, and by which point have already broken a few bones since birth, while others knew hours after birth when their child was in obvious pain. Some plants will show physical movement when touched, but to say that they 'feel' these touches may not be as accurate as saying they 'react' to that sensation. I don't know what to think, honestly, and i don't know if i ever will. We tend to react differently to pain as adults, so it would make sense that fetus's would as well.

 

jen - August 27

They said that b/c the brainwaves did not match with babies that were experiencing pain. IMHO I don't think that mean they don't feel pain. Their brains are not fully developed and I would make bets that they don't have the same brain wave patterns as most babies about anything. I think they probably do feel some sort of pain or discomfort.

 

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