Another small step towards victory is Brownback's legislation proposal. Brownback (R-Kansas) is reintroducing legislation prompting doctors to explain to pregnant mothers wanting an abortion that the fetus can feel pain as early as 20 weeks. 20 weeks may seem late but a majority of abortions occur well past the 5 month mark. Brownback's intentions are to try and 'humanize' the fetus to the aborters. Granted, I am firmly Pro-Life as is Brownback, I feel (as I assume he does) that this is another small step in the right direction.
Reversing Roe v. Wade is something that will hopefully occur over time but in the mean time, any law like this will hopefully deter expecting mothers from getting abortions. The only shortfall of the matter is the doctors that don't believe the study. Some doctors state how can we really tell when a fetus feels pain, it's not like they tell us. Also, pain is not just physical but emotional as well. These doctors are on both ends of the spectrum some feeling that the fetus feels pain at a much earlier stage and vice versa.
The study is defended by the cerebral cortex activation. Doctors have decided that the cerebral cortex, the main sensory registry, doesn't fully form until after the 20th week and with that said, the child will begin to feel pain.
Either way, Brownback's efforts are certainly not in vain. I feel that by 'humanizing' the fetus (efforts that need to be done) to the pregnant mothers, it may very well thwart numerous abortions. It's ironic though. The same people that claim fetuses don't feel pain are the ones defending fish because they do feel pain. How can a group of individuals not even consider pro-life measures but will defend a fish's life?
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