Media Release 4th February 2015
Right to Life is alarmed that the Abortion Law Reform Association [ALRANZ] in a recent post on its web site, claims that an unborn child at 20 weeks gestation does not experience any pain when her legs and arms are ripped from her body by an abortionist. ALRANZ is promoting a blatant falsehood and doing women a great disservice.
Can you visualize being an unborn child having your limbs violently torn from your body as you writhe in absolute agony with your mouth open in a silent scream. ALRANZ though of course would say that you were mistaken in your perception that you were feeling pain.
Right to Life challenges ALRANZ to produce the evidence to support their appalling claim. The assertion that the preborn feel no pain is made in the logical vacuum that accompanies utter and profound ignorance and is without support from, or regard for medical facts. Those who seek to justify the murder of unborn babies resort to all sorts of myths and falsehoods to make their case and assuage their conscience. They in fact have to live in a world of lies and misinformation in order to defend their willingness to destroy the unborn and make that defence seem palatable.
Denying the humanity and personhood of the unborn child is, of course, the lie that they propagate , and it is through lies that those who seek to oppress others operate : they seek to dehumanise their victims; In the past slave owners dehumanised blacks, just as baby-killers dehumanise the unborn.
ALRANZ knows that if women knew that their child in their womb was going to suffer excruciating agony in an abortion, they would be deterred from having their child killed.
ALRANZ knows that if they concede that an unborn child may experience excruciating pain in an abortion, they will be obliged to concede that the child is a human being that is a member of our human family, that it is endowed with human rights, a right to life and a right not to be subject to torture, suffering and then finally death.
Thus it is customary to hear that the unborn baby is just a blob of cells. As such, an abortion does not hurt it or cause it any pain. After all, ‘how can a clump of cells experience pain?’ the pro-abortionists argue. This rhetoric is just that: rhetoric, it is really about dehumanising the victim and ignoring the evidence.
Professor of neurobiology and anatomy Maureen L. Condi, recently presented scientific evidence concerning the ability of unborn children to experience pain at a U.S. House subcommittee. Congress is currently debating the “Pain Capable Unborn Child bill that will outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, it is expected to be passed. Similar legislation has been passed in nine US states. In her written testimony, she stated, “To experience pain, a noxious stimulus must be detected. The neural structures necessary to detect noxious stimuli are in place by 8-10 weeks of human development. There is universal agreement that pain is detected by the fetus in the first trimester.”
The killing of the unborn is not a health service; it is violence against women and their precious unborn. Every abortion inflicts pain on an unborn child. Not only is abortion painful it is lethal Abortion leaves both a dead child and a wounded mother.
Right to Life