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August 24, 2005

You know them people don't feel pain like we do

Where have we heard that before? Okay, maybe some of you may be too young to have heard the outrageous racists remarks people used to make. It was at one time fairly commonly believed among White people that Blacks, and more or less anyone not White didn't feel pain as much as White people did. In Helen Doss's wonderful book, The Family Nobody Wanted, which recounts her life as the mother of 12 adopted children, she tells of a time when one of her daughters, of Mexican descent, fell off her tricycle and landed on her nose. Rather than crying, the little girl simply got back on her tricycle and took off again. Helen's husband Carl, talking to businessman at the front door expressed relief that she wasn't hurt. The businessman's response was, “Actually, coming from such primitive stock, she couldn't possibly have felt it the way a Caucasian would have. I doubt if her never ends are very highly developed.” The book was published in 1954, but the event would have been from much earlier than that.

Unfortunately such idiocy is still among us.

The Associated Press reports...

A review of medical evidence has found that fetuses likely don't feel pain until the final months of pregnancy, a powerful challenge to abortion opponents who hope that discussions about fetal pain will make women think twice about ending pregnancies.

Critics angrily disputed the findings and claimed the report is biased.

"They have literally stuck their hands into a hornet's nest," said Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand, a fetal pain researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, who believes fetuses as young as 20 weeks old feel pain. "This is going to inflame a lot of scientists who are very, very concerned and are far more knowledgeable in this area than the authors appear to be. This is not the last word _ definitely not."

The review by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco comes as advocates are pushing for fetal pain laws aimed at curtailing abortion. Proposed federal legislation would require doctors to provide fetal pain information to women seeking abortions when fetuses are at least 20 weeks old, and to offer women fetal anesthesia at that stage of the pregnancy. A handful of states have enacted similar measures....

Anand...said the authors excluded or minimized evidence suggesting fetal pain sensation begins in the second trimester and wrongly assume that fetuses' brains sense pain in the same way as adult brains.

While Anand has testified as an expert witness for the government in court cases opposing some late-term abortions, he said he is not anti- abortion and that his views are based on years of fetal pain research.

During the prolonged torture and execution of Terri Schiavo, you may remember numerous “Medical experts” claiming that starvation is a peaceful and euphoric way to die. Those same medical experts were nowhere to be found when just recently a woman who had been attempting suicide by starvation quit in frustration, saying, “It has become too uncomfortable and I would not wish what I have been going through on my worst enemy...I feel disappointed in myself. I really wanted to die and that seemed to be my only option. I regret that I have to stop what I am doing because I still want to die. But starvation, as it turns out, is very undignified.”

Things change, but then they never really do, do they.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 24, 2005 08:46 AM

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Trying to discuess this issue, but can not post due to questionable content? Loosen up the strings.

Posted by: Pete at August 24, 2005 10:29 AM

They never cease to amaze me with the excuses they will come up with to kill a child in the womb. The abortion (aka birth control)rate just shot up 45 points.

Posted by: SherlockRWBShoes at August 24, 2005 01:40 PM

Sorry, Pete, I finally figured out what was preventing me from thinning out my string list. It should work now.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at August 24, 2005 03:12 PM

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