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Subject:  Re: Poll: When should abortion be legal/banned Date:  7/10/2013  2:49 PM
Author:  jdp245 Number:  1888246 of 2204000

I would say 20-25 weeks. Generally, this is plenty of time for a woman to make her choice of whether to terminate the pregnancy. This is also after the window when diagnostic tests can detect most serious birth defects, so the choice is informed.

Also, studies have shown that fetuses generally begin to show signs of consciousness only after the 25th week. Prior to this time, although structures of the nervous system are growing, they do not appear to have reached a level of complexity to be operational and there are no signals or brainwaves that indicate higher function.

I would make an exception to this rule when continuing the pregnancy would put a mother's life in danger.
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