This New York Times article from yesterday details a wing of the pro-life movement that is focusing on the ability of the baby to feel pain as a means of reducing the number of abortions. The idea is that, according to some research, a baby is able to feel pain after 20 weeks and therefore any abortions that remain legal should be conducted before that point.
What was particularly interesting, though, were these two comments that followed the article. They appear in the order in which they were printed, sans any redaction on my part:
Roger StensonBradenton FL
After 20 weeks gestation the unborn child has all the prerequisite anatomy, physiology, hormones, neurotransmitters, and electrical current to connect the loop and create the conditions need to perceive pain.
Aug. 2, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.
Joseph Bianco St. Louis
Animals feel pain but that doesn’t mean we can’t kill them for our convenience.
I mean, um, exactly. I’m not sure if Joseph is trying to make an indirect pro-life point, an animals-are-people vegan point, or simply a very brutal pro-abortion point, but he sure makes the first one very well. Last I checked, we aspired to treat human beings better than animals.