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Research Reveals Unborn Babies Suffer Pain While They are Being Killed by Abortion

Wisconsin Right to Life NEWS RELEASE 10625 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226 414-778-5780 or toll free: 877-855-5007 For immediate: Monday, April 19, 2004 Contact: Susan Armacost, Legislative Director Research Reveals Unborn Babies Suffer Pain While They are Being Killed by Abortion Wisconsin Right to Life Begins Campaign to Educate Governor Doyle, the Legislature and the Public on the Issue of Fetal Pain New research reveals that unborn babies undergo extreme suffering in the process of being killed by abortion and demonstrates the previously unknown sensory capacities of unborn children. The majority of neonatalogists had previously believed that babies in the womb were mostly immune to feeling pain. However, with the advent of sonograms and live-action ultrasound images, medical professionals have witnessed unborn babies at 20 weeks gestation react physically to outside stimuli such as sound, light and touch. The sense of touch is so acute that even a single human hair drawn across an unborn child's palm causes the baby to make a fist. Surgeons performing corrective procedures on tiny unborn children have found that those babies will flinch, jerk and recoil from sharp objects and incisions. Dr. Steven Calvin, a perinatologist at the University of Minnesota stated, The neural pathways are present for pain to be experienced quite early by unborn babies. Anatomical studies have documented that the bodys pain network is established by 20 weeks gestation or younger. Dr. Paul Ranalli, neurologist at the University of Toronto stated, At 20 weeks, the fetal brain has the full complement of brain cells present in adulthood, ready and waiting to receive pain signals from the body, and their electrical activity can be recorded by standard electroencephalography. Since medical researchers now widely agree that unborn babies at 20 weeks gestation experience pain during prenatal surgery, the horrifying conclusion is that millions of aborted unborn children have silently undergone horrible suffering in their final minutes of life. The most common methods used to abort unborn babies at 20 weeks gestation or more involve sharp-edged instruments to cut, tear and twist the babys body into pieces, which are extracted from the womb. In a partial-birth abortion, the unborn baby is delivered feet first, except for the head, which is punctured at the base of the skull with a sharp object. The babys brains are then suctioned out, killing the child. The pro-abortion movement has tried to convince the public that the physical suffering of unborn babies during abortion is a myth, said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. However, the mounting scientific evidence that unborn children suffer excruciating pain when they are killed by abortion uncovers yet another lie perpetuated by the profit-oriented abortion industry. Wisconsin Right to Life has begun a statewide effort to educate Governor Doyle, the State Legislature and the public that pregnant women seeking abortion have a right to know that unborn babies feel pain. Without Wisconsins Womens Right to Know Act, many women considering abortion wouldnt be fully informed of the alternatives to ending their childs life, said Armacost. But today, the information given to women does not include the vital facts that unborn children feel pain at 20 weeks. Abortion advocates dont women to know the facts about fetal pain. Women are not told that their unborn babys nervous system is so sensitive that abortion would inflict excruciating pain on their babies. They have a right to know! Wisconsin Right to Life has begun a massive petition drive to tell Governor Doyle and state lawmakers that unborn babies feel pain during an abortion and that women considering abortion have a right to know this. The petition drive will culminate on February 10, 2005 when right to life advocates will gather for a rally at the state capitol and the petitions will be delivered to Governor Doyles office. The rally will be held in conjunction with Wisconsin Right to Lifes bi- annual Legislative Conference to be held that same day in Madison. For more information regarding the issue of fetal pain, contact the Wisconsin Right to Life State Office at 414-778-5780 or toll free: 877-855-5007.

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