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.