Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand’

Preemie pain protocols prove unborn peers feel pain

The Kansas House and Senate is to be applauded for passage of HB 2218, the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

This is historic and sound legislation that is already law in Nebraska without court challenge.  HB 2218 asserts Kansas has a compelling interest in protecting the pain-capable unborn child at 22 weeks gestation (20 weeks post-fertilization).

In a document accepted as expert by a federal court, Dr. Kanwaljeet (Sunny) Anand, arguably the world’s foremost pain researcher, said, “It is my opinion that the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and that pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by newborns or older children.”  The explanation is that the human unborn child,

between 20-30 weeks gestation, has more surface pain receptors per square inch than any other time in life, while the system of pain suppression is not operating fully until 40 week gestation–or after!

At the time of the Roe v Wade ruling, our understanding of pain was so primitive that newborns undergoing surgery did so without anesthesia, or pain medication, receiving only a paralytic to keep them immobile!

The unborn child did not exist as a patient in the early 70’s. In the late 70’s ultrasound gave a ‘window to the womb’ and in the 80’s neonatology and fetal anesthesiology became medical specialties. (more…)

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Nebraska’s new Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act forbids all abortions after 20 weeks gestation (except for true medical emergencies).  It is supported by decades of evidence about the  unborn child’s pain sensitivity.

Federal laws exist to prevent animal cruelty such as  restrictions on how livestock are slaughtered and how animals are used in medical research. Thus a law banning excruciating abortions is something a civilized society should applaud.

Biologically, human pain receptors develop early in gestation, but pain dampeners don’t function til birth.  Thus, cutting and stabbing a day old “born” baby would actually hurt less than cutting and stabbing one at 20 weeks in the womb.

The recognition of pain perception in the preterm infant and fetus has led to changes in anesthesia standards with improved surgical outcomes.  Up until the late 1980’s preterm infants were not given anesthesia or analgesia with surgical procedures.  Today it is routine to provide anesthesia to not only preterm infants as early as 23 weeks but also to fetus- in-utero surgical procedures.

Because they lack pain-inhibiting mechanisms, premature infants– at the same gestational age as late abortions– require higher concentrations of drugs to maintain effective surgical anesthesia. (more…)

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