Short-term Memory Found In 30-week-old Fetuses- ScienceDaily (July 15, 2009)

A call to NARAL Pro-Choice America for comment on the implications of the research were not returned. (Big surprise)

Memory probably begins during the prenatal period, but little is known about the exact timing or for how long memory lasts. Now in a new study from the Netherlands, scientists have found fetal short-term memory in fetuses at 30 weeks.

The study provides insights into fetal development and may help address and prevent abnormalities. Published in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, it was conducted by researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the University Medical Centre St. Radboud.

The scientists studied about 100 healthy pregnant Dutch women and their fetuses, measuring changes in how the fetus responds to repeated stimulation. After receiving a number of stimuli, the fetus no longer responds to the stimulus as observed by ultrasonography and the stimulus is then accepted as “safe.” This change in response is called “habituation.” In a second session, the fetus “remembers” the stimulus and the number of stimuli needed for the fetus to habituate is then much smaller.

Based on their research, the scientists found the presence of fetal short-term memory of 10 minutes at 30 weeks. They determined this because a significantly lower number of stimuli was needed to reach habituation in a second session, which was performed 10 minutes after the first session. They also found that 34-week-old fetuses can store information and retrieve it four weeks later. Fetuses were tested at 30, 32, 34, and 36 weeks, and again at 38 weeks. The 34- and 36-week-old fetuses habituated much faster than the 38-week-old fetuses that had not been tested before. This implies that these fetuses have a memory of at least 4 weeks—the interval between the test at 34 weeks and that at 38 weeks.

“A better understanding of the normal development of the fetal central nervous system will lead to more insight into abnormalities, allowing prevention or extra care in the first years of life and, as a consequence, fewer problems in later life,” according to the study’s authors.

“It seems like every day we find out marvelous new things about the development of unborn children. We hope that this latest information helps people realize more clearly that the unborn are members of the human family with amazing capabilities and capacities like these built in from the moment of conception,” said Randall K. O’Bannon, director of education and research for the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund.

A call to NARAL Pro-Choice America for comment on the implications of the research were not returned.

The Dutch medical team, meanwhile, said its findings could help obstetricians track the healthy development of unborn babies during pregnancy. The research was published in Child Development, a medical journal.

Scientists have been curious about fetal responses to sound for decades.

The first real study of “habituation” occurred in 1925 when researchers discovered that fetuses moved less when exposed to a beeping car horn. Since then, door buzzers and even electric toothbrushes have been used to help researchers understand the fetal environment – and the response of the unborn to such influences.

Beeps and buzzes were not always the tools of choice.

In 2003, psychologists and obstetricians at Queen’s University in Canada found a profound mother-baby link. In a study of 60 pregnant women, they found that the unborn babies preferred the voices of their own mothers – both before and after birth.

The heart rates of fetuses sped up when they heard their mother reading a poem, and slowed down when they heard a stranger’s voice – evidence of “sustained attention, memory and learning by the fetus,” said Barbara Kisilevsky, a professor of nursing who led the research.

The Queen’s group has also investigated fetal response to the father’s voice, concluding that if men try a little pre-natal vocalizing to their offspring, the newborn will later recognize the father’s voice.

Journal references:  Dirix, CEH, and Nijhuis, JG, Jongsma, HW, and Hornstra, G. Aspects of Fetal Learning and Memory. Child Development, Vol. 80, Issue 4

Adapted from materials provided by Society for Research in Child Development, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.


“The Sensations Of Dismemberment Flow Through The Forceps Like An Electric Current”

Warren Hern, a late-term abortion doctor in Colorado, gave a paper to the Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians in which he had studied his own staff:

“We have produced an unusual dilemma.  A procedure is rapidly becoming recognized as the procedure of choice in late term abortion, but those capable of performing or assisting with the procedure are having strong personal reservations about participating in an operation which they view as destructive and violent… Some part of our cultural and perhaps even biological heritage recoils at a destructive operation on a form that is similar to our own, even while we may know that the act has a positive effect for a living person.  No one who has not performed this procedure can know what it is like or what it means; but having performed it, we are bewildered by the possibilities of interpretation.  We reach a point in this particular technology where there is no possibility of denial of an act of destruction by the operator.  It is before one’s eyes.  The sensations of dismemberment flow through the forceps like an electric current… The more we seem to solve the problem, the more intractable it becomes.”  (Hern and Corrigan, 1978).

I really DON’T think I need to comment on this statement by Warren Hern.  It speaks VOLUMES all by itself.

“Do You Have Any Concern For The Fetus’s Head You Are Crushing?” “No.”

It’s something we don’t like to talk about or think about (the pro abortion movement especially would rather we not address it) but sometimes we need to address the truth- as hard as it may be. 

Abortion on Trial – 2003

Judge Casey questioned Dr. Chasen about partial-birth abortion and fetal pain:

THE COURT: Does it hurt the baby?

THE WITNESS: I don’t know.

THE COURT: But you go ahead and do it anyway, is that right?

THE WITNESS: I am taking care of my patients, and in that process, yes, I

go ahead and do it.

THE COURT: Does that mean you take care of your patient and the baby be

damned, is that the approach you have?

THE WITNESS: These women who are having [abortions] at gestational

ages they are legally entitled to it—

THE COURT: I didn’t ask you that, Doctor. I asked you if you had any care

or concern for the fetus whose head you were crushing.



There you have it, “NO”- no conern for the baby’s head they are crushing!  Prior to this testimony the doctor was questioned about explaining the procedure to women and if the women know how they will dismember the fetus (D&E) or how they will do the partial birth abortion and suction on the baby’s brains after the baby is almost completely born.  The doctor admitted they don’t tell the women these details, because their “job” is to keep the women comfortable and happy… and telling the women that information would disturb the women.

Uhh…. Ya…..  What was their first clue?  Finding a doctor to perform these wouldn’t be impossible, with all the denial in the abortion industry… BUT what is unpalatable is the absence to information and the misrepresenting of information given to the women having the abortions.  THIS is the tragedy.  If they only knew HOW the abortionist was getting the baby out of their womb.  How they were dismembering the unborn baby, limb by limb.  How they were delivering the baby whole, and then using an instrument (or their fingers) to puncture the back of the baby’s skull so the baby’s head can be suctioned out or collapsed. 

If only the women really knew the truth of the grizzly abortion procedure.


“In the vast majority of cases, the procedure is performed on a healthy mother with a healthy fetus that is 20 weeks or more along. The abortion-rights folks know it, the anti-abortion folks know it, and so, probably, does everyone else.”
– Ron Fitzsimmons
Executive Director for the National
Coalition of Abortion Providers
The New York Times, February 26, 1997


Check out this link for the transcript of the trial:

Check out this link to see the images Dr. Haskel (inventor of the Partial Birth Abortion) uses to instruct other abortionists on how to do this procedure:

Check out this link to see the images the abortionists use to learn the D&E dismemberment abortion procedure: