Ultrasound images which show 12-week-old foetuses sucking their thumbs and walking in the womb are dangerously misleading, a group of scientists warned today.This article is frustrating for many reasons, the least of which is the lack of explanation by the scientists as to what is "dangerously misleading." Who is in danger? How are they in danger? Yes, of course, we understand that a child at 12 weeks in the womb is very immature, but that doesn't make her any less human. The level of maturity isn't the deciding factor in what constitutes a human being - its very existence is.
The 3D images of unborn babies apparently behaving in a similar way to newborns raised questions over whether the upper limit for abortions should be reduced form 24 weeks.
However, a group of scientists has now warned the scans could be dangerously misleading as they do not reflect the true nature of an unborn baby's brain.
Dr Donald Peebles, a consultant in foetal medicine at University College London, said the temptation to associate foetal movements with adult movements was "incredibly dangerous" and said they contributed nothing to the debate over whether the legal time limit for abortion should be lowered. (Daily Mail)
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