The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 21-22
Does the baby feel pain during an abortion?
As early as 1981, it was strongly suspected by some researchers that pre-born children were capable of feeling pain as soon as eight weeks or 56 days.* (Today this figure may be even lower.)
Dr. Nathanson states, “I think the baby probably feels pain in all of them [abortion procedures,] [although] the degree, the sophistication of the [pain] perception certainly varies with the length of gestation . . . [but] there’s really little question that pain is felt in some degree or other during an abortion.”* Whatever the sensation of pain, there is little doubt that the vast majority of abortions cause pain to the child….
Noonan makes another important point. As cruel as such pain is, it is not the real issue. The real issue is the death of the child in the first place:
Whatever the method used, the unborn are experiencing the greatest of bodily evils, the ending of their lives. They are undergoing the death agony. However inarticulate, however slight their cognitive powers, however rudimentary their sensations, they are sentient creatures undergoing the disintegration of their being and the termination of their vital capabilities. That experience is painful in itself.*
*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Abortion.