Does a baby feel pain during an abortion? It used to be thought that a baby had not developed the proper nerve cells to feel pain. Some even thought they didn’t feel pain until well after birth. Recent studies have shown that this is not the case, and that babies are able to feel sensations, including pain, very early in their life. Through ultrasound and fetal evidence, we now know babies do feel pain during most abortions.
At 6 weeks, the baby responds to touch. Starting at 4 weeks after conception, pain receptors begin to develop, followed by nerve fibers that carry messages to the brain.
At 10 weeks, if the baby is touched, the baby’s hand and eyes will close.12 The baby’s cerebral cortex (recognized as the pain center in adults) started developing 2 weeks ago and will swiftly grow to have the same number of nerves as an adult’s.
At 12 weeks, the baby can swallow and responds to simple stimulation of the skin. The baby has been able to smile for over a week now.
Generation Pro-Life: The Call
Abortion has been legal in the United States for more than two generations; but THIS generation knows the true personhood of the unborn. In the last few decades, the younger generation’s view on abortion has been trending toward understanding the humanity of unborn babies. Since 1990 the percent of 18-29 year olds who believe that abortion should never be legal has grown over 40%! Moreover, the percent of 18-29 year olds who believe abortion should be allowed in any circumstance has shrunk significantly. As each younger generation comes of age, the support for abortion dwindles. This means that THIS generation is start of the Pro-Life generation; the generation that will see the end of legal abortion on demand.
As exciting as the data is, lives cannot be saved without the involvement of pro-life workers and volunteers. Your involvement is vital to making sure a baby is safe before and after birth. You are the pro-life generation – and it is time to make the difference!
To start, it is important to know the truth. For example, did you know that a baby’s heart starts beating only 22 days after conception? Or, did you know, that the Supreme Court has ruled that abortion is legal until the day of birth in all 50 states? Did you know that babies can sense touch only 6 weeks after conception – which is when the majority of abortions are performed? To research true, documented facts on abortion, choose any of the links in the “Get Info” links above.
Second, getting involved to save lives. In most communities there are already pro-life groups, events, and movements. From prayer vigils to educational opportunities, there is a place for you. To find where you fit, choose the “Get Involved” link above and see your opportunities to defend the helpless.
Finally, if you want to start your own group or get involved one on one, you can get the gear you need right here at GenerationProLife.com. We have the proven tools that will save lives – all that is needed is the volunteer to use them! See your options under the “Get Gear” link in the header.
Abortion has ended the lives of over 55 million babies here in the United States and has emotionally harmed tens of millions of women. Your generation has the answer. Your generation sees the truth. Are you ready to make a difference?
- Increased from 13% in 1990-2004 to 23% in 2005-2009. http://www.gallup.com/poll/126581/Generational-Differences-Abortion-Narrow.aspx
- A decrease of 33% from 36% to 24%.
- Doe-v-Bolton. This is being challenged in certain states (such as Texas) but will have to pass the Supreme Courts power to overturn the law.
- Blackburn, ST. Maternal, Fetal, and Neonatal Physiology. 2nd ed (2003), page 573.
- Henshaw, Stanley K., and Kathryn Kost, August 2008, Trends in the characteristics of women obtaining abortions, 1974 to 2004, Guttmacher Institute, found at http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2008/09/18/Report_Trends_Women_Obtaining_Abortions.pdf accessed 8-18-2013.
The Christian View of Abortion
Since abortion was legalized in 1973, there have been nearly 50 million abortions in the U.S. alone. Abortion is legal, just as slavery was legal in the 1800’s. But, is it moral? What does the Bible say on the subject?
Nowhere in the Bible does it say "Thou shalt not abort your children." Neither will you find specific words forbidding suicide, infanticide (killing newborn children) or same-sex marriages. Yet, the Bible clearly teaches us that these things are wrong. A small, but noisy group of people (who are very active on the Internet) wish to have you believe that the Bible condones abortion. Although it doesn’t take a Biblical scholar to conclude that the Bible forbids abortion, it may help you to see the facts laid out. Simply put, the Bible forbids killing innocent persons. If an unborn child is a person, abortion is prohibited by the Bible. Let’s look at the evidence...