What Would You Say?

Does Late-Term Abortion Help Women?


Brooke B. McIntire

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Late-term abortions are rare and only done when the mother’s life is at risk. If we limit late-term abortions, we’ll only be hurting women.”

What would you say?

Abortion-advocacy groups often claim that late-term abortions are exceedingly rare. In fact, since 91 percent of all abortions are done in the first trimester and only nine percent are performed later, late-term abortions are only performed, they claim, when it is medically necessary to protect the life of the mother.

The implication is that nobody gets a late-term abortion for convenience, but they’re not telling you the whole story.

So, the next time you’re challenged on late-term abortion, remember these three things:

First, later-term abortions are common, and many later term abortions are not performed out of medical necessity.

Second, late term abortion is a gruesome procedure.

Third, the central issue not is about who hates women and who loves them. It’s about who counts as one of us.


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