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A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Really.

Look—brain scanning unborn babies!

Even though it's late-term, I wish this kind of science would, even for a moment, spur policymakers and the public at large to consider, even for a moment, the possibility that we've been doing something horribly, horribly wrong in allowing the termination of unborn lives as a legal option. They have minds! But science only matters when it supports what we want, and if that grotesque, destructive policy tells us anything, it's that we want what we want, no matter the cost. God, help us.


OMFG How sad! Ultrasound scans can affect the baby's brain developement. Someone should outlaw this; it shouldn't even be legal to begin with!
I'm curious why you say this. Could you link me to some research somewhere? That'd help me understand. Thanks!
Oh, and this scan is the fMRI (the article mentions that in the second sentence)—it's magnetism, not ultrasound. So you may be responding to something very different from what I've posted here. Did you get a chance to look at the article yet?
OK, I Googled the ultrasound thing, so no need to link unless you like (I hate when people don't just look things up, so I didn't want to be lazy!). Interesting, but completely different from what I've written about here—it'd be like being opposed to eye doctors because you don't like dentists.

For anyone whose curiosity has likewise been aroused, here's an article on the ultrasound thing. Sounds like "30 minutes or longer" is an important part of the study (as is the fact that the research was conducted on mice, which have very different brains), since "a typical pregnancy ultrasound tests lasts 15 to 20 minutes."

Your mileage may vary.