From the Washington Times July 16:
The unborn have memories, according to medical researchers who used sound and vibration stimulation, combined with sonography, to reveal that the human fetus displays short-term memory from at least 30 weeks gestation – or about 2 months before they are born….
A call to NARAL Pro-Choice America for comment on the implications of the research was not returned….
ABC News added:
The study found that by 30 weeks of age, a fetus could “remember” a sound for 10 minutes. By the 34th week a fetus may be able to “remember” the sound for 4 weeks.
Of course there is an abortion implication. Not only does this study accentuate the humanity of preborn babies, we know late-term abortions of babies this age happen.
Newsbusters caught ABC’s Good Morning America veering close but edging away:
Reporter Sharyn Alfonsi’s July 15 segment covered the pivotal study without even mentioning abortion. Anchor Chris Cuomo attempted to broach the issue during a follow-up interview but fell short.
Alfonsi touted the study, “Day by day, a fetus goes through remarkable changes. By 30 weeks, opening and closing their eyes. Making facial expressions. And now, a new study reveals, forming memories. Yep, barely 3 pounds, but already able to remember….”
During an interview with child psychologist Rahil Briggs, Cuomo somewhat obliquely approached the findings’ implications for the abortion debate. He said, “And, you know, it seems like the more we learn about fetuses, the more confidence we have that they are capable of things earlier and earlier. You know, when life, when sustainable life, begins is a big question in our society. This sheds light on it.”
Rahil, however, disagreed- or didn’t want to address “sustainable life”- and stated, “I’m not sure that it sheds light on when sustainable life begins….”
Left unsaid – what do the findings mean within the context of late-term abortion? According to the Family Research Council, “late-term” refers to abortions occurring during the 28th through 39th weeks of pregnancy, or the 3rd trimester. In 2005 over 15k abortions occurred past the 20-week mark in the pregnancy….
The memory study, Alfonsi said, “is proof that we need to be more careful about what experiences we expose babies to in the womb.” Like the experience of, say, murder?
Here’s that whole segment:
[HT: Phil Magnan; ultrasound photo attribution: deathroe.com]