Painfully Wrong

Overwhelming scientific consensus holds that a fetus cannot feel pain before 24 weeks. But let’s face it: the current assault on choice isn’t really about perception of pain — it’s just another excuse to chip away at abortion rights.


  • morticia

    We know for a fact that full-grown women feel pain, whether it’s in childbirth or whether it’s peritonitis or septicemia after a botched amateur abortion. This is what should be emphasized. When abortion is illegal, women have illegal abortions, which can mean excruciating pain for women.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.