Pain of the Unborn Child

 

Many of the great evils of the past have been committed because the cries of the victims were not seen or heard.

 

For example, in early 19th century England, many people did not understand that the sugar lump they dropped in their afternoon tea was made at the price of human bondage. The screams of the slaves being whipped on the plantations were never heard!

 

Today, some two hundred years later, there are thousands of victims every day whose agony our ears will never hear. These are the unborn victims of abortion.

 

Science now tells us that the child in the womb is not only capable of experiencing pain, but such pain is most extreme between 20 to 30 weeks in gestation, because the child has the highest density of pain receptors per square inch of skin at that stage.

Yet ironically, an unborn child has less legal protection from feeling pain than commercial livestock. In a slaughterhouse, our laws provide that killing animals is only deemed "humane" if "animals are rendered insensible to pain...." In contrast, D&E abortions involve dismemberment of the baby with a pair of sharp metal forceps and the pain is excruciating for several minutes.

 

These matters are uncomfortable to hear and to speak about. That is precisely the point. We should not be comfortable in a society where such barbaric acts are lawful, particularly when we have the power to influence change.

 

Our political representatives recently rejected The Unborn Child Awareness Act, which would have required that women seeking abortions be made aware of the pain experienced by their baby and offered the opportunity to give the unborn child drugs to ease his or her pain.

 

Pro-abortion people dreadfully fear this type of legislation. It not only makes the pregnant mother more informed about her "choice" but it brings to light difficult questions they do not want to deal with----like why livestock have more rights than an unborn child.

 

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