To abort a healthy, pain-capable unborn baby after 20 weeks in Arkansas, a woman only needs $2,000 and an appointment at the Little Rock Family Planning Services.
The abortion facility in Little Rock, Arkansas was the latest target of an undercover investigation exposing the late-term abortion industry. Through the investigation, the pro-life groups Priests for Life and Abortion Free New Mexico have been demonstrating how dozens of abortion facilities across the country are willing to abort healthy, pain-capable unborn babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Little Rock abortion facility is no exception. A receptionist named Heather told the undercover investigator that it was “her body, her choice” to abort a healthy unborn baby up to 21 weeks.
Investigator: Yeah, I was wondering how far into the pregnancy do you offer abortion services.
Clinic: We go up to 21 weeks, zero days.
Investigator: OK. Now, I’m 20 weeks now. I was wondering, is there any law against the procedure if I’m healthy and the baby’s healthy.
Clinic: That … no, it’s up to you. That’s the choice. That’s your choice.
Investigator: Oh, ok. I just wasn’t sure if there was some type of restriction or if it was an elective procedure.
Clinic: Yeah, there’s no restrictions. It’s your body, your choice. … For 20 weeks it’s $1,750 and that includes sedation. For 21 weeks, it’s $2,000 and that also includes sedation.
Bud and Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said these calls demonstrate the great need for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies are capable of feeling pain.
“Even though Arkansas is considered to be a very pro-life state, in this 29th undercover recording, late-term abortions on healthy mothers carrying healthy babies are business as usual,” they said in a statement.
“Despite claims that late-term abortions are rare and only done in extreme cases, this investigation has conclusively established that late-term abortions are primarily elective procedures,” the pro-life leaders continued. “Pre-born babies are being exterminated every single day, brutally ripped out of the sanctuary of their mothers’ wombs. This cannot be ignored by our leaders any longer; please speak up for these babies by contacting your Senators and urging them to vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
The U.S. House passed the bill in October.
In the past year, the pro-life investigators found more than two dozen abortion facilities willing to abort healthy, late-term unborn babies as late as 32 weeks of pregnancy, including facilities in New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., New Mexico, Washington state and Florida. Some offered women appointments as early as the next day.
Listen to all the undercover calls here.
By 20 weeks, strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. Their major organs are functioning, they have their own unique fingerprints, and they suck their thumbs, yawn and perform other motions much like a born baby. At this stage, unborn babies are almost fully formed and are approaching the point of viability. The youngest premature baby to survive was 21 weeks and 4 days, according to the journal Pediatrics.
The calls reinforce what abortionist themselves have said. Several late-term abortion practitioners openly admitted that women do have late-term abortions for “purely elective” reasons.