Meet Congressman Michael Burgess:
In June, during a House Rules Committee debate on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act -the restrictive abortion bill which would ban procedures nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy and effectively dissolve the 23-24 week abortion window provided by Roe v. Wade, he dropped this bomb:
"This is a subject I know something about ... Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful. They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?"
Ugh. I just can't believe that his argument for limiting a woman's right to choose is that the little fetus inside you is stroking the salami.
But in case you are thinking that Doctor Burgess could be right,
Also, at 15 weeks, a fetus is just starting to develop movement in joints and limbs. So that means that the first thing a fetus does upon being able to move is touch themselves? Maybe they are, but is highly unlikely that it is on purpose and even less likely that it is with the purpose of self-gratification.
Dr. F. Session Cole, a professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine and a neonatologist who cares for newborns born at 22 to 24 weeks, or 16 to 18 weeks before their due dates, told Time Magazine in response to all this that based on the current research, there isn’t enough evidence to suggest a fetus feels sensations such as pleasure when they are as young as 15 weeks old. He said, “My reading of the data concerning human fetal nerve and brain development suggest that fetuses prior to about 24 weeks are not able to feel pain or pleasure. While I certainly respect Representative Dr. Burgess’ remarks concerning his observations about fetuses prior to 20 weeks gestation, I would have a difficult time personally agreeing with them based on my own experience."
Yep. I just (eye roll)......well I suppose I actually prefer Burgess be in politics than be at the end of the stirrups of my gynecologist visit.
And just because this is now playing in my head. Enjoy. And try not to think about masturbating fetuses while rocking out to this great song.