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When can a fetus feel pain?

Based on the development of the nervous system, a fetus likely has the capacity to feel pain as early as 8-12 weeks gestation.


Thill, Bridget, MD, MS. “Fetal Pain in the First Trimester.” Linacre Quarterly vol. 89,1 (2022): 73-100. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00243639211059245.

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