Interesting new information on the abortion debate.

From a July 16th article from the Washington Times, a study by The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the University Medical Centre St. Radboudclaiming in the Netherlands, showing that unborn children (the fetus) has the ability to retain memories:

“The unborn have memories, according to medical researchers who used sound and vibration stimulation, combined with sonography, to reveal that the human fetus displays short-term memory from at least 30 weeks gestation – or about two months before they are born…

On five occasions during the last eight weeks of their pregnancies, the women received a series of one-second buzzes on their bellies with a “fetal vibroacoustic stimulator,” a hand-held diagnostic device used to gauge an unborn baby’s heart rate and general well-being.

The baby’s responses – primarily eye, mouth and body movements – were closely monitored over the weeks with ultrasound imaging to gauge “fetal learning” patterns. The researchers found that the babies acclimated themselves to the sounds and vibrations to the point that they no longer bothered to respond – a process known as “habituation.”

So a child in the womb has basic thought processes and can start to recognize sounds and even their mothers voice.  While this is only basic mental development it still shows that the child is already learning and thinking while in the mothers womb.

Still think abortion is a good thing?

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