The Bogus Debate Used To Push Anti-Abortion LegislationMargaret Hartmann4/07/11 11:10amFiled to: Roe v worldFetal pain anti-abortionFetal pain abortionFetal painshutterstockTop1672EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkFollowing Nebraska's lead, 16 states are considering bills that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, because that's when a fetus can feel pain. The problem? There actually is no scientific consensus on when a fetus can experience pain. Last year, Britain's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that nerve endings aren't developed enough before 24 weeks to signal any pain. A fetus may have reflex responses, but since the nerves aren't connected to the cortex yet, there's no sensation of pain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports this research, stating that "no legitimate scientific information that supports the statement that a fetus experiences pain."