Parliamentary Meeting To Discuss The Evidence That Babies in The Womb Pain Can Feel Pain. Ask your MP to attend and hear the views of two experts who, one pro life and one pro choice, agree that the new evidence should give us all pause for thought.

Nov 11, 2020 | Events

The evidence that babies can feel pain in the womb, and during many abortions, highlights the humanity of the unborn child and provides another important reason to introduce legislation to protect the unborn child from abortion.

To ensure MPs and Peers are aware of the latest evidence regarding foetal pain, the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group has organised a parliamentary meeting next week (Tuesday 17 November) where MPs and Peers will have the opportunity to hear from John Bockmann PA and Dr Stuart Derbyshire, co-authors of a recent Journal of Medical Ethics article, “Reconsidering Foetal Pain”. While these two experts hold ‘divergent views regarding the morality of abortion,’ they have come together to address the science behind foetal pain.  

Dr Stuart Derbyshire served on the 2010 Royal College of Gynaecologists’ working group, which concluded that foetal pain relief for abortion was unnecessary at any gestation. Now, both he and John Bockmann believe there is “good evidence” that the brain and nervous system, which start developing at 12 weeks’ gestation, are sufficient enough for the baby to feel pain.  

The child in the womb at 18 weeks gestation.
Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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