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Lobsters are sentient!  

An article in the Daily Telegraph (19th November 2021) reported that lobsters (and other creatures, like crabs and octopi) are sentient and suggests that a ban on the live boiling of lobsters could be appropriate.  
When we compare this concern for lobsters with the way the unborn child is treated during an abortion we should be outraged.
The unborn child is sentient, probably from a very early age. By eight weeks the baby has a sense of touch. By thirteen weeks the baby has a sense of taste. By seventeen weeks the baby can recognise songs. These are all indicators of sentience.

People are concerned about the pain experienced by a lobster when it is thrown into boiling water, but it seems the pain felt by an unborn child during an abortion is of no concern.  
The fact that the pain experienced by the unborn child, as they are killed in the womb, does not seem to be a consideration is morally reprehensible.

But that does not mean that we would be happy for abortion on demand if the unborn child was anesthetised. The vast majority of abortions are morally indefensible. But the fact that the suffering caused to the unborn child is ignored, while the suffering caused to a lobster seems to trouble people more, makes the offense even greater.

Abortion and Women's Health
The evidence-based review, Abortion and Women’s Health, published by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children reveals the horrific impact that abortion can have on the mental health of some women.  
Key findings from this review include:  
A woman who undergoes an abortion is:
  • Six times more likely to commit suicide than a woman who gives birth.  
  • 30% more likely to suffer from depression compared to a woman who gives birth.  
  • 25% more likely to suffer from anxiety compared to a woman who gives birth.  
  • At a higher risk of psychiatric admission compared to a woman who gives birth.