On the Pocket Cast of Liberty earlier this week, we talked about the issue of fetal pain which has been fueling the abortion debate recently and more specifically, the science surrounding it with Beth leading that portion. Texas just passed a ban on abortions after the 20th week, with fetal pain playing a role in its passage.
The extremist pro-choice movement has fought back and with the help of the media has been able to cloud the issue claiming science does not support the claims that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Salon published this piece (written by a lifestyle editor) with supporting “evidence” being provided by somebody that happens to make money on performing second trimester abortions.
One of the advantages of having an actual scientist on the PFoL staff is that she can speak to these issues directly. I clipped the portion of the podcast where Beth discusses this (she is going to have a blog post about the issue this week as well) and you should take a listen because it’s really a fascinating breakdown. It’s about 6 minutes long and well worth your time if this is an issue you care about.