AAPLOG Practice Bulletin No. 2: Fetal Pain

October 1, 2018
Edition: Fall 2018
Volume: 33
Issue: 2
Article: Verbatim

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The evidence that fetuses feel pain at earlier gestational ages than previously thought prompts a call for universal management rather than individual practice. The purpose of this document is to present the available evidence for fetal pain, discuss implications for procedures in pregnancy, and to provide recommendations for situations requiring termination of pregnancy.

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Affiliation: Committee on Practice Bulletins. This document was developed by the Practice Bulletin Committee to provide evidence for pro-life practice. Because of the gravity of issues addressed by AAPLOG, variation in practice regarding matters of fetal life should be undertaken only after serious consideration of the literature cited by this document.