Recently in The New Atlantis, physician Matthew Loftus described how a culture of death has distorted our view of the vulnerable:
When a child with Down syndrome evades the screening process and makes it past the scalpel-bearing border guards, the world he is born into is fundamentally hostile to who he is: We would have killed you if we’d had the chance, but since you gave us the slip, here’s a onesie with the hospital logo.
Also distorted is what we claim to know about life in the womb. For example:
Grand pronouncements have been made by virtually every medical organization that a fetus cannot feel pain until roughly the third trimester, around week 27. This opinion is based primarily on studies suggesting that the thalamocortical neural connections necessary to experience pain are not present until later in fetal development. In other words, it is based on pure conjecture—as more recent studies have shown, a fetus may not need a cortex to feel pain.
In other words, abortion not only takes innocent life, it distorts our understanding of reality.
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