As the state of Arizona considers passing a 20-week abortion ban based on the now medically-disproven idea that fetuses can feel pain at that stage of development, one professor provides a clear explanation as to why “pain” at 20 weeks is a misnomer.
Via AZ Central:
Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine who has done his own research in the area of abortions and contraception during his 39 years as an obstetrician, said he believes nerves don’t reach the brain until the 26th week of pregnancy.
“Fetal pain at 20 weeks is an impossibility,” he said. “It’s like trying to make a telephone call on a landline when there’s no telephone poles laid yet.”
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Grimes said he believes the pain debate is not about the fetus but just another effort to ban abortions. If they were really concerned about fetal pain, he said, there would be a vigorous effort for legislation to provide pain relief for fetuses during delivery.
“Their heads are being used as battering rams for eight to 14 hours to get through the cervix. Yet we have not heard a single bill anywhere on that,” he said. “This issue has nothing to do with fetuses. It’s all meant to harass women.”
The bill has not yet been brought up for a vote, but based on the state legislature’s openly hostile approach to women’s health and rights, it’s highly likely to end up as law.