Illegal Abortions A Fatal Choice

After President Trump’s State of the Union speech, CNN took upon itself to debunk what it called "misconceptions" about late-term abortion. The vehicle was an interview published last week with two OB-GYN doctors. According to these “experts,” people are misled about the topic and need to be educated.

But are their criticisms actually valid, or are pro-choice doctors showing their biases?

Claim: Late-term “has no clinical meaning” and it is made up by “anti-abortion extremists.”

While “late-term abortion” hasn’t been clearly defined within the medical community, it isn't brain surgery to understand the phrase's common meaning. It has been widely used in medical journals and within medical groups. In the past, it has also been used broadly to discuss abortions which take place after 20 weeks, and the various methods of abortion that are used in the second and third trimesters.

Additionally, the phrase "late-term abortion" isn’t used exclusively within pro-life circles. The term has been used by the Guttmacher Institute numerous times and even by Healthline, an online community of doctors and health professionals.

If “late-term abortion” was truly just an expression made up by anti-abortion activists, it seems like the term wouldn’t be used in medical journals and by so many health professionals.

Claim: Late-term abortions make up a very small percentage of all abortions.

According to Dr. Barbara and Dr. Jennifer, only 1.3 percent of all abortions are performed after 21 weeks, whereas 1 percent of abortions occur after 24 weeks.

Due to the >lack of national data being reported, however, the statistic is misleading.

The two doctors cite the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the CDC obtains their data from surveys through abortion providers. They also receive their information from individual states. In both cases, the reporting is voluntary, and so the numbers on late-term abortions provide only a low-end estimate. There’s no way to know for sure how many abortions are actually performed after 21 weeks.

Still, even if late-term abortions really did make up only a small fraction of all abortions, the numbers would still be in the thousands. According to the most recent information from the CDC — which again, isn’t necessarily comprehensive — a total of 638,169 abortions were performed in 2015. If 1.3 percent of those abortions were performed after 21 weeks, that would still make up more than 8,296 abortions. Similarly, using the same sources of information, over 6,000 abortions are performed after 24 weeks.

Claim: Late-term abortions are usually performed for two reasons: For the mother’s health or because the fetus has abnormalities.

This simply isn't true — the majority of late-term abortions aren’t performed because of abnormalities or to save the mother. Even the Guttmacher Institute, a former affiliate spun off from Planned Parenthood, found in a 2013 report that the vast majority of women do not seek late-term abortions because of “[a] fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”

Rather, most of the women who get a late-term abortion typically do so for the same reasons women get abortions earlier in their pregnancies. Of the many reasons, many of the women said they wanted an abortion late in their pregnancies because they were using illegal substances or they were depressed. Other reasons included the lack of a partner with whom to raise the child and the fact that they were “in conflict with a male partner or experiencing domestic violence.”

Despite what abortion lobbyists like to believe, late-term abortions do occur, and they are generally not done to protect the mother or because of the child is deformed. As much as the pro-choice movement loathes conservatives’ attempts to end late-term abortion, it’s ludicrous to call pro-lifers “extremists” for believing that an unborn child at 21 weeks is a living, breathing human being.

It's even more ludicrous for CNN to bring doctors in so that they can state false and easily disproven claims as if they were fact.

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