Posted: May 11, 2022 11:40 AM
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As a neonatologist, my views on abortion are not based on politics or on whatever the current talking head on television happens to be saying. My views on abortion are based on years of caring for premature infants as a doctor and director of a neonatal intensive care unit. From that unique perspective, I find that the deceptively named Women’s Health Protection Act is an extreme brand of politics that puts lives at risk by allowing elective abortion on demand until birth.
The premature people I care for as a neonatologist are not a theory. At the edge of viability, I can see how pain affects them. Even prior to viability, anesthesiologists now intentionally treat their pain during fetal surgery because evidence shows it improves the babies’ intraoperative and post-operative outcomes. Additionally, recent scientific literature reviews conclude that “unreflective pain” is present as early as 12 weeks gestation and likely even earlier. The Women’s