According to a new study published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) the human foetus cannot feel pain before the age of 24 weeks and consequently they claim there is no reason to change the current abortion limit. Nerve connections in the brain according to the study are not sufficiently formed to allow pain perception until after the official 24-week limit for terminations, a UK Government-commissioned report found.
The study also said the foetus was in a state of "continuous sleep-like unconsciousness or sedation" even after 24 weeks. (see report)
This is in complete contradiction of a scientific study on foetal sentience carried out by Jeronima Teixeira, professor and consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology who presented her groundbreaking research into the capacity of the unborn baby to experience pain. Her research provides compelling evidence that the unborn baby is capable of feeling pain from 18 weeks and possibly as early as six weeks gestation.
Paul Tully general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) commenting on the new report, told the media:
"The RCOG supports the killing of 570 babies every day in Britain, at all stages of pregnancy, through the abortion policies it pursues and the lucrative activities of its members.see SPUC directors BLOG
"The RCOG knows better than most people how marvellous, sensitive, complex and beautiful these babies are at every stage of development from conception onwards. Life does not start halfway through a pregnancy, it starts at conception.