I don’t usually post regarding topics like this, but the argument stated below…that giving painkillers to fetuses prior to abortion may be risky for the mother is just about as absurd as the people who decide to quit smoking because of the use of chemicals and pesticides in the growing of tobacco. In both cases, there are far greater health & ethical issues at stake. Anyone with me on this?

Dr Derbyshire said whether or not foetuses felt pain did not affect the abortion debate because it did not change the moral viewpoints of the pro-choice and pro-life lobby, or the legality of terminations.

And he said giving foetuses painkilling drugs – which would have to be given through the placenta – involved procedures which may expose the woman to unnecessary risks and distress.

Full story from the BBC.