Scott M. Fredrick

What is your definition of a brain wave? Is it important?

Webster’s definition is as follows:

“Brain wave: rhythmic electric impulses given off by nerve centers in the brain during rest, resulting in oscillation on an electroencephalogram.” (Webster’s 1979:171)

The courts have held that this voltage produced by the brain is a factor that shows human life.

The Harvard Criteria for the pronouncement of death is to check for living readings on the subject. There are major factors that show life such as spontaneous movement, but what this report is focusing on is on the brain wave (factor) activity revealed by the electroencephalogram. If just one of the life indicators are present, including the brain wave, life must be present (Nathanson M.D. 1979:165).

Fact, it has been published over and over that in the embryo stages of under eight weeks, the brain wave is produced and recorded. The earliest studies began in 1951 by two researchers at Japan’s Hokkaido University where it was concluded that the unborn fetus “possess an ability to control states of consciousness from an early stage.” (Nathanson M.D. 1979:199)

Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D. comments: “Electroencephalographic recordings of human brain activity have been noted in embryos at eight weeks. Our capacity to measure signs of life is daily
becoming more sophisticated, and as time goes by, we will doubtless be able to isolate life signs at earlier and earlier stages in fetal development.” (Nathanson M.D. 1979:165).

This vital piece of evidence of life was not present in the Supreme Court’s ruling in 1973. Similar censorship of relevant evidence was deleted in the Supreme Court’s decision saying that afro-americans did not have “legal personage” (Dred-Scott, 1857).

With proven evidence that shows true life, I believe the unborn have the rights of the 14th Amendment including “life”: “Nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property
without due process of law, nor deny to any person within it jurisdiction that equal protection of the laws.” And in addition, the unborn should receive the right of privacy.

Scott M. Fredrick 1990


1) Aborting America by Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D., 1979, Doubleday & Co., Inc. Garden City, NY

2) Webster’s New World Dictionary – College edition. 1979, William Collins Publishers

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