According to a prominent professor of neurobiology at the University of Utah, Maureen Condic, current science is certain that babies at 12 weeks can already feel pain in their bodies, thus guaranteeing that in an abortion situation, the unborn baby will feel suffering when it dies.
Condic wrote an article in the National Review magazine, in which she seeks to reflect that when the United States decided to legalize abortion in 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, science was unaware of many questions about unborn babies that are known today and could lead to reversing the judicial decision taken at that time.
According to the prestigious scientist, there is now no doubt that babies in the womb can feel pain at 12 weeks of pregnancy and with certainty after 18 weeks.
“There is now strong evidence that fetuses from 12 weeks onward exhibit conscious, intentional behavior and actively discriminate between similar sensory experiences,” she said.
Condic mentioned in her note Stuart Derbyshire, a renowned brain-mapping researcher, who for a long time suggested that unborn babies do not feel pain, which abortion activists used to promote their ideas justifying babies not suffering.
But science moves on, and in 2020, Derbyshire determined that his earlier conclusions were wrong, and now believes that “even without a fully formed cortex, neural connections from the thalamus to the subplate could be sufficient for pain perception,” Condic said.
According to Derbyshire’s new research, “… a balanced reading of that evidence, points toward an immediate and unreflective pain experience mediated by the developing function of the nervous system from as early as 12 weeks.”
Other advances in science such as 4D and 5D ultrasound, which have made it possible to see in much greater detail the movements and expressions on babies’ faces, have also provided visual evidence that unborn babies feel pain in the second trimester when exposed to an invasive practice.
“Furthermore, although the human brain does not reach maturity until about age 25, human perception of pain tends to remain constant throughout life, meaning that the experience of suffering does not depend on mature cortical circuitry,” said Condic.
The growing evidence on the developing consciousness of babies and the consequent sense of suffering they may feel when aborted adds to arguments from pro-life quarters that unborn babies are precious beings even in the early stages of pregnancy. Therefore abortion is an act of cruel violence against defenseless children that must end and be regarded as an actual homicide.
Several U.S. states are waging a real legal fight to reverse the federal law that allows abortions to be legal and makes abortion a woman’s fundamental right.
Texas is currently leading the pro-life legal fight after succeeding in imposing the Heartbeat Law, which establishes that abortions in the state are strictly prohibited from the moment the first heartbeat of the unborn child is felt, which usually occurs at six weeks gestation.
The sectors that defend the abortion industry have joined forces to try to eliminate the legislation, which could cause the case to end up in the Supreme Court of Justice, where the judges, mostly conservative, should define the situation, which could even reverse the controversial ruling of Roe v. Wade, which has allowed the legalization of abortion until today.