Monday, February 13, 2017

A few stats and data on abortion

"The number of abortions worldwide is declining due to increased access to contraception according to the World Health Organization"

"In 2013, the majority (66.0%) of abortions were performed by ≤8 weeks’ gestation, and nearly all (91.6%) were performed by ≤13 weeks’ gestation. Few abortions were performed between 14 and 20 weeks’ gestation (7.1%) or at ≥21 weeks’ gestation (1.3%)."

"The neuroanatomical system for pain can be considered complete by 26 weeks' gestation. A developed neuroanatomical system is necessary but not sufficient for pain experience
Pain experience requires development of the brain but also requires development of the mind to accommodate the subjectivity of pain
Development of the mind occurs outside the womb through the actions of the infant and mutual adjustment with primary caregivers
The absence of pain in the fetus does not resolve the morality of abortion but does argue against legal and clinical efforts to prevent such pain during an abortion"