I Feel Your Fetus's Pain
Compassionate conservatism enters the womb.
The JAMA article doesn't say whether doctors should talk to women about fetal pain in the second trimester. It simply concludes that such discussions "should be noncompulsory" while we research "when pain-related thalamocortical pathways become functional in humans." That sounds reasonable. In the meantime, I hope every woman who's subjected to a deceptive, politically mandated speech about fetal pain gets a copy of the JAMA article. It's better than what she's getting from Congress.
Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.
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