Foetuses cannot feel pain because it requires mental development that only occurs outside the womb, says a report in the British Medical Journal.
Dr Stuart Derbyshire, of the University of Birmingham, said a baby's actions and relationships with carers enabled it to process the subjectivity of pain. ..
"Pain is something that comes from our experiences and develops due to stimulation and human interaction.
"It involves concepts such as location, feelings of unpleasantness and having the sensation of pain.
"Pain becomes possible because of a psychological development that begins at birth when the baby is separated from the protected atmosphere of the womb and is stimulated into wakeful activity."
Dr Derbyshire said whether or not foetuses felt pain did not affect the abortion debate because it did not change the moral viewpoints of the pro-choice and pro-life lobby, or the legality of terminations.
So as pain is only felt after "human interaction etc" it is still alright to dissect unanaesthetised live dogs to study the blood flow is it? All that howling and squirming can't be reacting to pain can it? Or have we moved on from the medieval period?