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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fetuses have Memories

On an intellectual and ethical level, this could be a real game-changer. Don't expect it to have any political effect, though. Abortion on demand has always been more about promiscuity, gratification and convenience, than a matter of principle.

From the Washington Times:

They weigh less than 3 pounds, usually, and are perhaps 15 inches long. But they can remember.

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 two months before they are born.

"In addition, results indicated that 34-week-old fetuses are able to store information and retrieve it four weeks later," said the research, which was released Wednesday.

Read the whole thing here.