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Volume 14
No. 2
April, 2020

UK: New Report Reveals Unborn Babies Feel Pain Earlier

A new report from the UK All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group (APPPG) and their secretariat at Right to Life UK points to evidence that unborn babies can feel pain from even earlier in pregnancy than was previously thought. The report features an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics of an article “Reconsidering Fetal Pain.” by Dr Stuart WG Derbyshire. Dr Derbyshire asserts that recent developments in neuroscience indicate the possibility for “an immediate and unreflective pain experience mediated by the developing function of the nervous system from as early as 12 weeks.” Co-author John C Bockmann PA contends, “Fetal analgesia and anaesthesia should thus be standard for abortions in the second trimester, especially after 18 weeks...”
The APPPG report recommends that the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2010 policy dismissing the need for any sort of anesthesia for abortion be revised to reflect the scientific advances and make the option of analgesia available abortions from the start of the second trimester and should be required from at 18 weeks gestation. Lord David Alton points out that the last time a study was done on this was 1996. “The science and our knowledge has moved on considerably since then. The case for prudential safeguards and protection of the vulnerable is now overwhelming,” said Lord Alton.

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In This Issue


Defending Life

Abortion Funding Kept Out of Coronavirus Aid Act

Pandemic Concerns Halts Some Abortions

Physicians Declare: Abortion is Not Essential Healthcare

Pro-Life Leaders Seek Abortion Clinic Compliance

Disability Community Must be Protected

International Pressure for Abortion

Pandemic Viewed by Pro-Abortionists as an Opportunity

Attorneys General Seek Mail Order Abortion Drugs

Northern Ireland: UK Enacts Abortion on Demand amid Pandemic

Northern Ireland: Struggle to Stop DIY Abortion

UK: DIY Abortions No Longer Banned

Telemedicine for Abortion

South Australia: Abortion Activists Seek Telemedicine Abortion


Focus on the United Nations

CSW Declaration Disappoints Pro-Abortion Activists

Legislative News

Democratic Pro-Life Leader Loses Primary

UK: New Report Reveals Unborn Babies Feel Pain Earlier

Canada: New Bill Would Ban Sex-Selective Abortions

India: Lower House Votes to Extend Abortion Limit to 24 Weeks

New Zealand: Parliament Votes to Legalize Abortion


Executive News

Argentina: Plans to Legalize Abortion on Hold Due to COVID-19


Judicial News

EU: Court of Human Rights Denies Conscience Rights
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