HC Deb 14 November 1989 vol 160 c190W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department gives about the earliest point in its development when an unborn child will experience pain.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

None. We are advised that reflex response to touch does not of itself indicate perception of pain, which depends on brain activity. Reflex responses have been demonstrated from around the seventh gestational week.

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