Most women don't have late term abortions for health reasons

Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Abortions after 20 weeks have been banned in Texas. We are now hearing the familiar argument that all late term abortions are done because there is a serious health risk for the mother or a major disease or deformity of the baby.

Some time ago, Abby Johnson, former clinic director in the largest Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, addressed this issue by saying:

… it is false to say the women who choose late term abortion do so because of medical reasons. We referred hundreds of women to abort their babies after 24 weeks…not one was for medical reasons.

This is first handtestimony from a former abortion provider. Of course, some pro-choicers might be hesitant to accept what a pro-life figure has to say. So let’s turn to some studies:

In 2003, Katha Pollitt, who is pro-choice, wrote an article for The Nation discussing late-term abortion. She gave the three most common reasons why women had these abortions (1):

71% didn’t realize they was pregnant

48% had difficulty making arrangements

33% were afraid of telling parents or partner

The study she cites allowed for more than one answer, and these were the most common reasons given.

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  • This somewhat coincides with the impromptu study that was done. Planned Parenthood claims that only 3% of their overall services involve abortion. Some enterprising souls visited over 20 planned parenthood sites inquiring about things such as Pap Smears, Mammograms, and annual Pelvic exams, well baby and innocculations, and they discovered that in almost all cases, they were referred out to other clinics for these services, which would lead one to believe that the folks remaining in the waiting room were all waiting for appointments relating to abortion. That would seem to fly in the face of the 3% claim.

  • In reply to Sue Fitzpatrick:

    The 3-percent claim is an itemized counting, I believe. For example, mammograms, pelvic exams, well baby exams, inoculations, pap smears, contraceptive service all count as "one" apiece. As do abortions. So, in my example, six of seven services provided are not abortions. So, by this counting, abortions account for only one-seventh of their services. If you count every last service that PP provides, it would go into the scores. Which is probably how they got to the 3-percent figure. Deceptive, for sure. If you count how much of their budget go to abortions, the percent of abortions provided would skyrocket.

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