New Study Claims Fetal Pain May Occur as Early as 13 Weeks
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New Study Claims Fetal Pain May Occur as Early as 13 Weeks

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A new study in the Journal of Medical Ethics supports what many doctors have claimed for years: Unborn babies might experience pain much sooner than 24 weeks’ gestation. Dr. Stuart WG Derbyshire and Dr. John C. Bockman, two researchers with “divergent views regarding the morality of abortion” are the authors behind the paper, "Reconsidering Foetal Pain," which explores whether the science continues to support the previous understanding that a fetus cannot feel pain before 24 weeks.

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