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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