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British Study Reignites Fetal Pain Debate

Pro-lifer groups on both sides of the Atlantic dismiss report.

Pro-life politicians and activists are responding to the findings of British doctors who say that the human fetus cannot feel pain before 24 weeks.

The study, which comes out of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, comes out amid hints that pro-life members of the British Parliament—possibly including Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron—might want to pull back the UK's legal time limit on abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks.

The Royal College hasn't dissuaded Labor MP Jim Dobbin, a leader of the pro-life movement in the House of Commons, who told the London Evening Standard, "Other experts would differ. This does not diminish the case for lowering the limit."

"This is a nakedly political attempt by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to defend the status quo," said a spokesman for the British based Pro-Life Alliance in a Friday press release. "The Prime Minister has openly backed a reduction to 20 weeks and this is supported by an overwhelming ...

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