Your July 23 edition includes a Maine Voices column by Fred Schneider, lead singer of the B-52s (“Spare the suffering and skip the annual Maine Lobster Festival”).

The author urges readers to avoid the Maine Lobster Festival, where lobsters will feel pain while being boiled alive in preparation for eating by attendees.

What about humans in their mother’s womb who suffer abortion and doubtless feel pain in the abortion process? I don’t know the gestation date at which they can suffer pain, but I have read that they have a heartbeat at 6 weeks.

Perhaps a physician reader can tell us when human embryos and fetuses experience pain during an abortion.

Richard Traynor