Fetal Pain and Abortion

January 24, 2006

As you may be aware, many groups in the nation are trying to create legislation that will allow for anethesia to be used for the preborn during abortions (applies to certain age range). Sounds horrific that we would even have to suggest this? Why is it even coming up? For one reason, in times past the medical community tried to deny that preborn babies felt pain at all – that would humanize them a litte too much for the abortion industry. For another reason, with the number of preterm children surviving – it is becoming pretty obvious that they ARE in deed in pain prior to the third trimester – (ask me how I know this!!!)

I read something today that caught my attention on this subject.

345) Between weeks 20 and 30, an unborn child has more pain receptors per square inch than at any other time, before or after birth, with only a very thin layer of skin for protection. (2004, January 15). Expert Report of Kanwaljeet S. Anand. Northern District of the U.S. District Court in California. Available: National Right to Life Committee. http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/Fetal_Pain/FetalPain091604.pdf

Wow! That report was written two days before Ty was born at 25 weeks. That made my heart break to realize that if this information is accurate, Ty was born in the window that would have INCREASED his pain. I knew he was in pain after he was born (and so did the Dr.s who put him on phenylbarbitol and adavan to keep him calm. We couldn’t even stroke his skin because it was too painful to be touched at first).

This is just heavy on my heart tonight preparing for tomorrow’s surgery. He has come so far and this surgery is not earth shaking but still….I am a mamma like any other and I HATE that I know my baby is going to hurt tomorrow and I think he has hurt way too much already. Recently he recognized the RN that came to our house to give him his RSV shot (which is a more painful shot by the way) and he instantly said “Shot!” and then “Hurt!”. I didn’t know he even knew the word “shot” but he said it clear as day. He doesn’t favor Dr.s offices and hospitals and I dread him being scared tomorrow. I wish I could go through it for him.

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7 Responses to “Fetal Pain and Abortion”

  1. Carrie P. says:

    The things that they do to make it “okay” to end someone’s life. So does that mean that I can shoot someone if I first give them anesthesia so they can’t feel it? So glad that you continue to speak about this. You would be amazed at how many people I know (mostly through my work) that have considered abortions. Some I have known about before they make a decision and some I haven’t known about until after the fact. Thankfully none of them have gone through with it. I’ve been doing a lot of praying for these mothers and babies. I’m also going to be doing a lot of babysitting down the road if/when they take me up on it. A lot of the info that I share with these women is info I’ve gotten from you or through your site. So thank you for making a difference and helping me to try and make a difference!

  2. heidi jo says:

    oh honey! my heart is aching with you as i know this is VERY real to any mama’s heart who sees their child hurting… but like you said, ty has been through so much already… i’m so sorry. i know this is hard. i’m so thankful children (especially ty!) are so resilient and remember little of the pain when it comes to the long term in life. God is sure doing special things in that boy to give him the ability to fight through all of it! i just keep trying to remember how much God has worked to build good in me through the pain of life. i know He is working in ty as well. he’s creating more and more beauty in your whole family… hang on sister. i love you.

  3. Jennifer C. says:

    you are probably in the middle of the “bad 24 hours” right now and I want you to know that I am thinking about all of you.

  4. heidi jo says:

    me too! (all the grace girls too)

  5. Carrie P. says:

    Doni-I just wanted you to know that I’m thinking of you and praying for you! Praying that the “bad 24 hours” are miraculously not that bad! Ty is sure one tough little guy. And he sure is loved by a lot of people!

  6. Missy E says:

    me three!
    Thinking and whispering Ty’s name to his creator….
    hang in there.

  7. heidi jo says:

    doni – i’m sure you know we’re all waiting for a post on ty’s update. :) we’ll keep praying til we hear from you. i called you to check in – no machine picked up. so praying praying, loving loving.

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