Late term abortions seem to be a big factor in conservative voters. The things you hear about it sound shocking and extreme. Well, it sounds extreme because it is. Let me share with you some facts about late term/third trimester abortion.
First, it is important to know that there are only four doctors who openly perform third trimester terminations. Only four. Dr Carhart, Dr Hern, Dr Sella, and Dr Robinson. If an abortion is needed beyond the point of viability, specifically in the third trimester, it is up to the discretion of one of these 4 doctors, and you must travel to them (only 7 states allow this). To even visit with them is not cheap. It isn’t used as a birth control or “oops, changed my mind” option.
The point of viability is 24 weeks. That is when a fetus is considered viable. That means, if for some unfortunate circumstance, a woman had to deliver at that time, the chances of the baby surviving are great. It would be difficult, with a long NICU stay, but it would be more favorable towards living. That being standard, to terminate a pregnancy after that point is seen as taboo. If the fetus can survive outside the womb, then why are you terminating it?
That’s where we go back to the first statement. There are only four doctors in this nation that will perform the procedure. They do not do it all willy nilly. No doctor, even these four, will terminate a healthy pregnancy just because. IT. DOES. NOT. HAPPEN.
88.7% of all abortions happen in the first trimester, or the first 12 weeks. Of that, the majority is at or before 6 weeks. 8.5% of all abortions happen in the second trimester, with the majority at the 13-14 week mark, and withering to a small less than 1.3% after 21 weeks. After 21 weeks, the number is 2%. Our continues to stagger down, with the vast majority at 21-22 weeks, down to virtually none, <1%, after 24 weeks.
Of that 1%, it dwindles even less and less significantly after 24 weeks. And by then, it isn’t really by choice. As I started earlier, it seems extreme because it is. It is a major decision made by the woman and her medical advisors.
Almost all 24+ week abortions are wanted pregnancies. Women and families who wanted the baby, who’ve prepared for a baby, who’ve named or connected with the baby. Then they get a diagnosis. The pregnancy isn’t healthy.the baby won’t survive in utero to term. The baby won’t survive delivery. The baby has severe developmental abnormalities. The baby’s brain didn’t develop. The baby has a fatal diagnosis. The baby would not live very long after birth and would be a painful and short life. Occasionally, the mother has a diagnosis where continuing the pregnancy would likely result in the death of the mother, but mostly, it’s the baby, that while past the “point of viability” in gestational age, isn’t actually viable. These pregnancies and losses are wanted and mourned.
“Okay but what if a woman decided at 34-36+ weeks just to have an abortion?” Assuming you’re talking about a healthy pregnancy, the doctor wouldn’t terminate. At that point, the baby would just be delivered. If the mother didn’t want it, the living baby would be placed as a ward of the state and adopted out. No doctor, zero, would kill a healthy nearly full term baby.
The conditions for a late term abortion to occur would have to be extreme. Recreation abortion past viability is not a thing. You can “what if…” it all you want, but it is not a thing. The what ifs aren’t humored, because they literally do not happen.
21% of all pregnancies, excluding miscarriages, end in abortion. 1 in 5. The chances are, you know someone who has had one. They’re often silent, and your attacks let them know they cannot trust you. But of that 21%, they’re almost all in the first trimester and before 6 weeks.
Let me give you links of you’re unsure. Let me find you resources. Let me recommend you watch ‘After Tiller’ (it’s on Netflix). Let me support you if you’re scared about your choice.
I want to end the stigma about abortion. Especially the shenanigans about late term abortion. Please, look into this.
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