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A disturbing side to scientific research on babies?

Questonable research?

When do babies start experiencing pain?

An article in the National Post reported on a study written by nursing professors Celeste Johnston from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and Carlo Bellieni of Italy’s Siena’s University Hospital.

In their study, they called for an end of a disturbing “unethical” research practice used during pain therapy trials for babies. Referred to as comparison tests, researchers will typically lance or stab babies with needles or even perform medical procedures with and without pain medication.

The tests are done this way so researchers can compare the benefits of pain therapies.

Some of the studies looked at the impact of pain medication involving procedures on eyes and as well “suctioning airways.”

The study, published in the Journal Acts Paediatrica, stated that of the 45 “neonate” studies published between January 2013 and June 2015, nearly two-thirds used some type of pain comparison research.

Even after testing, the babies denied pain-medication often did not receive treatment to deal with any residual pain.

Johnston and Bellieni called for research ethics boards to ban the practice and for journals to refuse publishing any research using these type of pain comparison studies.

Though in some instances they are only using pin pricks in the heel, considering how small a baby’s foot is, one neonatal doctor noted it is similar to an adult foot being stabbed.

Unfortunately, this study has disturbing ramifications for abortions. Some are questioning if aborted babies experience pain and the state of Minnesota now requires mothers be given the option of providing pain medication to their unborn child before aborting.

Up to the 1980s, most medical practitioners believed that new-born infants didn’t experience pain and of course this was particularly true for preemie babies.

In an article published in the New York Times in 2008, Annie Paul wrote that doctors performing operations on preemies in the womb discovered that babies as young as 20-weeks old experience pain.

Paul cited the research by Kanwaljeet Anand who worked in a neonatal unit at a hospital in Oxford England during the 1980s.

He was concerned about babies, some premature, who were undergoing medical procedures and returned to him showing symptoms of shock — shallow breaking, grey skin and a weak pulse.

Anand said it often took hours to get the babies’ vital signs back to normal.

He eventually received permission to follow the babies through their medical procedures to find out what was happening. During these operations, that included open-heart surgery, Amand discovered other than receiving a paralytic drug to keep them still, doctor were cutting open babies, often extensively, without anesthesia to deal with the pain.

He followed this up with medical trials and discovered if surgeons used pain medications on babies, during and after open-heart surgery, their survival rates doubled.

He personally noted that babies as young as 22 weeks would grimace when their foot was pricked and is convinced babies experience pain at even a younger age. Other medical experts believe babies experience pain as early as 18 months.

In an effort to justify abortions, some have dehumanized babies in the womb. Is this inevitable result of this agenda?

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. (Psalms 139:13-14 NASV)


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