Americans are being sold the false narrative that late-term abortions are only performed in extremely dire situations where the mother’s life is at risk or the baby has a tragic fetal anomaly that creates an incompatibility with life. Sadly, this is far from the truth.
Let’s talk about the first situation, where a mother’s life is at risk. Thousands of OB/GYNs have confirmed that there is never a situation where an abortion would be a safer option for the mother than delivering the baby alive. A c-section can be performed in 45 minutes. The abortion procedure after 25 weeks takes 4 days, and the mother still has to go through arduous labor, says late-term abortionist Shelley Sella. Why does the baby have to be delivered dead, you might ask? It doesn’t. People are assuming a life or death situation, because the law allows for abortions for the health of the mother. Health, however, can be loosely interpreted to encompass psychological health, familial health, and even economic health.
Now let’s address the second situation, where a fatal diagnosis of the fetus is made. While fetal anomalies of wanted babies do happen, these tragedies are being exploited by abortion advocates. Purely elective late-term abortions are common, while fetal anomalies are tragic outliers.
A 2013 study published by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute found that fetal anomaly was not one of the primary drivers of late-term abortion. Late-term abortions are usually performed on entirely healthy pregnancies where the woman is either unable to receive an earlier abortion (often from failure to recognize the pregnancy or a logistical delay) or changed her mind about keeping the child (often after a falling out with the baby’s father).
Abortionists themselves have openly admitted that late-term abortions happen for non-medical reasons. Susan Robinson, a late-term abortionist in New Mexico, admitsthat babies are aborted in the second and third trimester for reasons such as the mother not realizing she was pregnant, as well as the mother not being able to afford another baby.
Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, spoke to the LA Times about late-term partial birth abortions. He told reporters that:
“The majority of these procedures are performed… on healthy women and healthy fetuses….Women come in at that point unfortunately, for whatever reason, seeking abortion services. We estimate that approximately 3,000 to 5,000 are performed in the United States on an annual basis.”
An abortion clinic called Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque explicitly states on its website that “abortion services are available through 32 weeks. Exceptions after 32 weeks are provided on a case-by-case basis.” This means that if you are 32 weeks (almost 7 ½ months) pregnant, you can get an abortion for any “health” reason. If you are farther along, you must have a compelling story.
A pro-choice documentary called After Tiller features this clinic, showing how the abortionists determine whether to accept patients after 32 weeks, for reasons such as not knowing about the pregnancy until “too late,” and taking a long time to make a decision. In other words, perfectly healthy women are aborting perfectly healthy babies very late in pregnancy.
Abortion advocates are also selling the narrative that only 1.3% of abortions happen at or after 21 weeks. While 1.3% is a very low percentage overall, that is still 12,000 late-term abortions in the United States per year. And that’s only the abortions that are reported. Some states, like California, are not required to report abortion statistics.
There are four known abortionists in the US who perform late-term abortions at this time, two in New Mexico, one in Maryland, and one in Colorado. The number of late-term abortions could be dramatically higher if women did not have to travel to one of these three locations or raise upwards of $8,000 for these procedures. As states like New York are passing laws legalizing abortion throughout all 9 months of pregnancy, the amount of late-term abortion clinics could likely increase in the near future.
Need further proof? I went undercover three times to prove how easy it is to schedule a late-term abortion for no good reason. In my first video I scheduled a 32 week abortion in New Mexico. I told the receptionist that my husband would leave me if I had the baby, and I could not afford a child on my own. Not once did she counsel me on the existence of child support, despite knowing that my husband was financially stable enough to afford the $13,500 out of pocket abortion and that he made too much money to qualify for any financial aid.
She told me they seek patients like me weekly, who “just decide they can’t raise a child.” She also stated that “for residents of New Mexico abortion is a covered benefit for Medicaid.” She explained that the doctor would administer a lethal injection through the vagina that takes 4 to 6 hours to stop the fetal heartbeat and then I would be induced to go into labor, push, and deliver a dead baby that is disposed of as medical waste.
In my second video I called Dr. Carhart’s clinic in Maryland. The receptionist told me they see patients before 28 weeks for any reason, and after that on a case by case basis. After 28 weeks they require a $100 phone interview. The receptionist asked if there were any “fetal indications” and I said no. I asked her if it was a problem that the baby was healthy and she said, “No, hun.”
She told me I would be 27 1/2 weeks at the time of my appointment, and at that stage in the pregnancy it would cost $8,000. She described the procedure as being an induced labor for a stillborn. She said the doctor injects a needle through my abdomen into the heart of the baby. When I asked her if the baby would feel pain, she paused for an uncomfortably long time before quietly saying “no.”
After another short pause, I asked how the baby does not feel pain, and she said “there’s no studies to show that it does or doesn’t because it’s inhumane to do those kind of studies on pregnant people.”
Finally, in my third video I called Dr. Hern’s clinic in Colorado. The receptionist would not answer whether there was a cut-off on how far along they see patients, so to be on the safe side I told her I was 26 weeks and 1 day. With scheduling and travel that would put me somewhere in the 27th or 28th week at the time of my appointment.
She said “it’s based on the fetal measurements and if it’s safe to see you, so it’s on a case by case basis, but we have seen women around the world that amount of weeks pregnant.” She explained that it would be a 4 day procedure consisting of assisted labor and delivery.
So in summary, a healthy American woman can legally receive an abortion on a healthy baby in her third trimester of pregnancy. Anyone who believes that second and third trimester abortions are rare and necessary is truly living in the dark (in a very dark world).