24 Weeks of No Foetal Pain: So No Change in Abortion Limit

Health specialists are of the say that the human fetus cannot feel any kind of pain before the age of 24 weeks, so there is no basis to alter the existing abortion limit.

Nerve connections in the brain are not adequately shaped to permit pain perception until after the certified 24-week limit for terminations, a Government-commissioned report found.

The study, which was conducted by members of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, as well said the fetus was in a state of incessant sleep-like unconsciousness or sedation even after 24 weeks.

This may well mean that late abortions, which are allowed for grave abnormalities or risks to the mother's health, might not result in foetal affliction.

The signpost findings come in the middle of attempts by some MPs that also includes, Prime Minister, David Cameron, to lower the abortion limit.

A fresh examination of proof for foetal pain was not compulsory by MPs from the Commons Science and Technology group during the previous parliament.

On the subject of pain perception, the Royal College report concluded that it was obvious that associations from the periphery to the cortex are not intact before 24 weeks of development and, as most neuroscientists consider that the cortex is essential for pain perception, it can be concluded that the fetus cannot feel pain in any sense before this gestation.