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Preborn babies sense not just pain, but light and temperature

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By Kelli | February 4, 2018

This past week, Students for Life of America’s Western Regional Director Reagan Barklage shared a post on the SFLA Facebook page, discussing her recent trip to see a massage therapist about some sciatica pain due to her pregnancy. She describes how her preborn baby boy did not like being moved out of his position, which was causing his mother pain. She then tells how her massage therapist calmed her baby for the rest of the session — and it’s amazing:

Barklage writes:

Before I left for DC a few weeks ago, I got a massage as Baby Barklage was sitting on my sciatic nerve and causing a lot of pain…. While getting the massage, he started freaking out and kicking really hard, because the therapist was kindly evicting him from his current living situation. The therapist stopped and said, “Hang on! We gotta calm baby down first.” The therapist then put some warm towels on me to get Baby B to calm down, and within seconds, he could feel the warmth and instantly settled down. The therapist was then able to gently move him without any stress from the baby. Here is why that situation blew my mind. 1) My therapist put my baby first, making sure he was calm and relaxed before working on me. 2) My baby could feel the warmth of a towel! WHAT?!

It really is mind-blowing to learn about the development of preborn children. According to the Endowment for Human Development, which released a prenatal video series in partnership with National Geographic, by nine weeks after fertilization (according to six different studies), “the nerve receptors in the face, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet can sense and respond to light touch. Following a light touch on the sole of the foot, the fetus will bend the hip and knee and may curl the toes.” Between 12 and 13 weeks after fertilization (according to three different studies), the preborn child’s “whole body surface, except the top of the head and the back, responds to light touch.” By 24 weeks in the second trimester, the preborn baby “responds to pressure, movement, pain, hot and cold, taste, and light.”

Yes, even while still in the womb, babies can feel temperature changes.

In The Federalist this past week, Robin Pierucci, a neonatologist, described how premature babies in the NICU react to painful stimuli — and said she’s personally witnessed this at 23-24 weeks. While those in the pro-abortion camp attempt to downplay fetal development and possible pain perception, Pierucci wrote:

… [A] growing body of scientific research demonstrates that fetal CNS maturation is not required for pain perception. In 2016 the Journal of Pain Research published a summary of multiple different scientific studies all leading to the conclusion that “an early form of pain may appear from the 15th week of gestation onward.” This early physiologic response “is different than emotional pain felt by the more mature fetus,” but it is still a form of physical pain.

Pierucci adds that for this reason, anesthesia is used on all preborn babies undergoing surgery:

Importantly, just the physiologic stress alone can cause long-term developmental changes to an unborn child’s brain, “ultimately leading to adverse neurological outcomes” for that unborn child. Thus, fetal anesthesia is now standard of care for all surgeries performed on unborn children.

Pierucci is correct. A 2002 study, titled, “Anaesthesia for fetal surgery,” shows that for varying types of fetal surgery, beginning at 18 weeks gestation, children in utero are routinely administered anesthesia. The Charlotte Lozier Institute notes this as well, stating in their well-sourced fact sheet on fetal pain that, according to at least four cited studies, “Perinatal medicine now treats unborn babies as young as 16 weeks post-fertilization (18 weeks gestation). Pain medication for unborn patients is routinely administered as standard medical practice.” Lozier also points out that “[t]he leading textbook on clinical anesthesia says: ‘It is clear that the fetus is capable of mounting a physiochemical stress response to noxious stimuli as early as 18 weeks gestation (16 weeks post-fertilization).’”

But the abortion industry, as always, seems to be at odds with science. One counselor at the New Mexico late-term abortion facility Southwestern Women’s Options was caught in Live Action’s InHuman investigation claiming, “I don’t believe so,” when asked by a prospective patient if her 27-week-old preborn baby would be able to feel a lethal injection into his heart or cranium. “I don’t know if it’s developed enough to feel that,” the counselor adds. But clearly, the patient’s baby is developed enough and has been able to feel such sensations for weeks already. Watch the video below, beginning at 1:15:

SFLA’s Barklage remarked in her post, ” If my baby could feel the heat of a towel on my skin, how dare you say that he cannot feel the excruciating pain of being dismembered with forceps. If you claim to believe in science and common sense, don’t just believe in it when it’s convenient, and then ignore it when you won’t get a huge check for your next political campaign from the abortion industry.”

Barklage is right. The science of preborn human life is clear.

These babies not only feel pain, but so much more. They sense even soft touch, taste, light, and temperature. They are human beings, just like the rest of us, and they should have the right to continue to live and grow.


Video on Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Scandal – “PROFIT”

Undercover video footage released by The Center for Medical Progress shows medical directors and executives from the top leadership of Planned Parenthood admitting the abortion business trades baby body parts for money and indicating the profit motive undergirding these illicit sales. To date, Planned Parenthood has offered no convincing explanation for the money that has poured into its affiliates from fetal tissue procurement companies like StemExpress, which performs the work of fetal tissue collection yet still pays abortion clinics per harvested part.

Planned Parenthood’s recent assurances that it has ceased accepting payment for fetal tissue are an admission of guilt and a last-ditch effort to avoid scrutiny for these indefensible transactions. As Congress, the Health and Human Services Department, and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies continue to investigate Planned Parenthood’s barbaric abortion and baby body parts business, this footage is a clear reminder of why there is a broad public mandate for the investigations to continue and for public money to be reassigned from Planned Parenthood to ethical, mainstream medical organizations.

Please watch and share this life-saving message.

Dr. Coburn Gives Tribute to His Chief of Staff, Michael Schwartz

Note: At the time of this speech to the U.S. Senate, Michael Schwartz was chief of staff to Sen. Tom Coburn MD. He was the founding editor of Life Advocacy Briefing in 1994. We will always be grateful to the Lord for our friendship with Mike and for his inestimable value to the development and eventual victory of the American campaign to restore the right to life. Mr. Schwartz passed away Saturday, February 3, 2013.

Ryan Response a Pro-Life Model

Rep. Paul Ryan’s response to “the abortion question” during the Oct. 11, 2012, Vice Presidential debate, transcribed by Catholic Studies Senior Fellow George Weigel in a National Review Online blog; reprinted from Life Advocacy Briefing of Oct. 22, 2012

Moderator Raddatz: This debate is, indeed, historic. We have two Catholic candidates, first time on a stage such as this. And I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion.

Rep. Ryan: None. (Ms. Raddatz’s jaw drops. The Vice President is rendered temporarily speechless. The audience gasps. Cong. Ryan lets his surprising answer sink in a moment and continues.)

Rep. Ryan: Let me explain, Martha. When I say “none,” I’m speaking about abortion, as I assume you were, as a public policy issue. My opposition to the abortion license that Roe v. Wade created is based on science and reason.

Biology and embryology teach us that the product of human conception is a human being – nothing more but certainly nothing less. No scientifically literate person denies that; it’s a fact, not an opinion. As for reason, well, an elementary sense of justice – of fairness – teaches us that innocent human life is inviolable and merits the protection of the laws. That’s the same sense of justice that tells us not to discriminate against another because she’s not a he, or because her pigmentation is different from mine, or because his parents came to this country from Belarus ten years ago; it’s the same sense of justice that has made America the most racially egalitarian society in human history. Science and reason have made me a pro-life public official. Science and reason are what the Supreme Court ignored in 1973 in Roe v. Wade and in 1992 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The so-called pro-choice position is the unscientific position, and it’s the unreasonable position.

But my faith does shape my thinking on these questions, and let me tell you how. What my faith adds to the mix is a deep sense of compassion and an urgent sense of responsibility for women caught in the dilemma of a crisis pregnancy. My faith teaches me that those women in crisis pregnancies should not be left alone, clinging to some spurious “right.” My faith, and the experience of the pastors of many denominations with whom I’ve discussed this, teach me that the termination of a pregnancy by abortion often multiplies the trauma of unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. My faith teaches me that I have an obligation, not only to that unborn child but also to his or her mother.

My faith, which instructs me to honor the dignity of every human person, helps me understand the implications of what science and reason teach me. And one “dignitarian” implication of science and reason is that the pro-life position is the pro-feminist position, because abortion on demand has been a great deal for irresponsible and predatory men – and a very bad deal for women.

And I’m not alone in this, Martha. There are thousands of crisis pregnancy centers across our country, where women who have been abandoned by those irresponsible or predatory men can find the compassion and care they deserve from people who take the unique dignity of women seriously – people who are eager to help a woman in a crisis pregnancy bring a child to term and then put that child up for adoption, or bring a child to term and then raise it with love in a caring community. In all the arguing about abortion these past 40 years, the tens of thousands of volunteers who staff those crisis pregnancy centers are almost never mentioned. But they are real American heroes, offering women in crisis something more – something more humane – than a technological quick fix to a terrible problem.

No woman in America has to face a crisis pregnancy alone. That’s something we should all be proud of. And we should thank God for inspiring men and women across America with the faith to go beyond the obvious facts of science and the obvious dictates of reason in offering compassionate care to women in crisis pregnancies.