Guest Author - Rebecca Pearce-Banks
An inflammatory report on fetal pain was published recently in the Journal Of The American Medical Association. According to the report, which documented the studies of five researchers, fetuses cannot feel pain in the womb until seven months gestation.
Two of the researchers did not disclose their ties to the abortion industry. One is Susan J. Lee, a lawyer who is currently a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco. She previously worked for the group now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America. The other author in question is Eleanor Drey, the medical director of the abortion-providing Women's Options Center at San Francisco General Hospital. She claims her experience and position are not a conflict of interest in this study.
Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, the Journal Of The American Medical Association's editor-in-chief, seems to agree. "This is a peer-reviewed article by five people representing all the pertinent fields… This is an article meant to educate physicians on the issue of what is known and not yet known about fetal pain. It provides the best available scientific evidence to date," she said to USA Today.
Though some of the prominent scientific elite are choosing to turn their collective head to a brazen conflict of interest and believe a radically biased study, I, for one, will not be convinced. Next week I'll cover previously published studies and reports that document the fact that babies do feel pain earlier than seven months gestation.
Sources: USA Today, CNN