When Do Fetuses Start Feel Pain?

Nebraska recently became the first state to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based purely on the idea that fetuses start to feel pain around that time. The law, which adds yet more fuel to an already fiery abortion debate, opened a brimming can of scientific worms.

It turns out that no one really knows what it feels like to be a fetus. Through different interpretations of accumulating evidence, various scientists have estimated that pain becomes possible anywhere from 18 to 29 weeks into gestation, maybe later.


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