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Fetal pain debate may weaken the fight for newborns’ analgesia

Dr Apkar V. Apkarian recently dealt with the controversial issue of fetal pain;2 he argued that “pain perception by humans or other animals requires the ability to evaluate the environment and form a subjective judgment about the value of the incoming flow of nociceptive information. Therefore, pain requires consciousness,”. Thus, he concludes that fetuses are immune from feeling pain because of their lack of awareness, according with the official definition of the word pain given by the IASP, that requires a full consciousness to feel pain.

Fetal pain debate may weaken the fight for newborns’ analgesia

Orginally Published At: Pain Journal

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