Large Turnout Of MPs Hear Evidence From Experts On Fetal Pain At Parliamentary Meeting

A large number of MPs have attended a Parliamentary webinar on fetal pain hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group (APPPG) and chaired by Fiona Bruce MP. It aimed to raise awareness of the need to review the science behind fetal pain and address the current contradiction in UK law concerning the treatment of the unborn.

Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum heard John C Bockmann PA, a U.S. Army physician assistant and member of the Conner Troop Medical Clinic at Fort Drum, New York, and Dr Stuart WG Derbyshire, an Associate Professor in Psychology at the National University of Singapore, discuss the evidence that led them to conclude that the unborn may feel pain from as early as 12 weeks’ gestation.

They recently collaborated on the Journal of Medical Ethics article, Reconsidering Fetal Pain. Though they hold ‘divergent views regarding the morality of abortion’, they approach the issue of fetal pain based on recent scientific and medical developments.

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