LONDON, ENGLAND, Aug 30 ( – Reports that unborn babies feel pain are not new, although they are vigorously denied within the ideologically-driven abortion movement. A report in yesterday’s British paper, the Daily Telegraph (and reprinted in the National Post), revisits that controversy by discussing the recommendation from “pro-choice” doctor Prof. Vivette Glover, of Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, that “all terminations between 17 and 24 weeks to be performed under anaesthetic.” She will be chairing a conference on the issue at the Royal Institution in November.

She says, “it is incredibly unlikely that the foetus could feel anything before 13 weeks because there is no linking to the brain at all. After 26 weeks it is quite probable.” She said she was aware that she may be giving fuel to pro-lifers, but added that such political issues should not get in the way of limiting the suffering of unborn babies while you kill them.

Dr. Will Johnston, of the Canadian pro-life group, Canadian Physicians for Life, told the National Post that the issue “has been raised by pro-lifers for years but to say it’s been ignored would be an understatement. “It will be a frosty Friday when the Canadian Medical Association convenes a panel on fetal pain.”

Noting the contrast with America, Scott Weinberg, of the American Life League, said Prof. Glover’s discovery is part of a recent chain of events that have occurred in the British medical establishment that the British media have made public, reported Focus on the Family. “First of all, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) announced that it supports the research conducted by Dr. Joel Brind that abortion increases risks of breast cancer,” Weinberg said. “Then, a group of pro-abortion doctors confirmed that there is such a thing as post-abortion syndrome. And now we have Dr. Vivette Glover saying that babies should be anesthetized before they are executed by abortion.”

Canadian and American pro-lifers long for such progress in North America.

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Previous LifeSite coverage:
U.K. Research Shows Conclusively That Fetuses Feel Pain
Pre-Born Babies Have Memory And Feelings Say Scientists
Study Indicates Strong Pain Response By Newborns And Preemies


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