Sample Original Comment: Expert: Unborn Babies Can Feel Pain Starting at 8Weeks.[sic]
Source: @StevenErtelt, twitter feed of LifeNews.com founder.
Some Context As To Why On Earth Someone Might Actually Believe This: The sample tweet I chose was accompanied by a 100% verified, entirely credible, no-bias link to an article at LifeNews.com (no link included to limit their web traffic!) that discusses how a medical expert testified to our rabidly anti-choice Congress in May of 2013 that fetuses first feel pain at 8 weeks. The article quotes this expert, Maureen Condic, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah Medical School, who said the following:
“The neural circuitry responsible for the most primitive response to pain, the spinal reflex, is in place by 8 weeks of development. This is the earliest point at which the fetus feels pain in any capacity.”
“To experience pain, a noxious stimulus must be detected. The neural structures necessary to detect noxious stimuli are in place by 8-10 weeks of human development. There is universal agreement that pain is detected by the fetus in the first trimester…”
Yikes! Well, that sounds like pretty damning and definite evidence. I guess all those pro-choice feminists at NOW and Planned Parenthood better just give up and go home after that testimony. Except…
The Rebuttal: …this interpretation of the facts is about as scientifically sound and factually accurate as the E-Meters used by Dianetics-adhering Scientologists. Continue reading