Thursday, July 16, 2009

Unborn Babies Can Remember

A new study has been done which suggests that unborn babies have a short term memory. Maastricht University Medical Center and the University Medical Center St. Radboud published their finding in the July/August issue of the journal Child Development. The study was conducted in the Netherlands. The researchers observed 100 pregnant Dutch women, over the term of their pregnancy. The scientists watched the reaction of the unborn babies to stimulus on an ultrasound, repeating the same stimulus and charting the reactions. At 30 weeks old, researchers noticed after a few moments of stimulation the baby stopped reacting and considered the stimuli and considered it “safe.” Then in a second session the unborn baby remembered the experience and made no response to the stimuli. At 30 weeks the unborn babies had a short term memory of ten minutes, and by 34 weeks the babies memory was so developed that it was able to recall the incident four weeks prior. The researchers have suggested that the purpose of their study is early prevention… they want to prevent abnormalities (abort babies who do not react normally) or provide extra care to those able to help. This amazing study needs to be used by the pro-life movement to demonstrate that unborn babies are able to process information and think rationally. They can think like a person and are fully human. e Science

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