In the national debate over late-term abortions, new figures bring the practice of unborn children dying late in pregnancy into a stark reality.
A new Congressional Budget Office report shows unborn children who have passed 20 weeks of pregnancy are killed in abortions about 30 times every day. And with some states not fully reporting their abortion numbers and some states with abortion facilities that alter fetal age at the time of the abortion to make later abortions “comply” with state limits, that number is likely higher.
As CNS News also reports, the CBO report indicates late-term abortions save money for the Medicaid system that would otherwise have to dole out more in funding for lower-income women who need government support after pregnancy. From the story:
The CBO made these determinations when doing its official “Cost Estimate” of a federal bill that would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks or later into pregnancy (except in cases of reported rape, incest against a minor or to save the life of the mother).
“Based on data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CBO estimates that, each year, about 11,000 abortions take place 20 weeks or more after fertilization,” said the CBO’s analysis of H.R. 1797, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
In a 365-day year, 11,000 late-term abortions works out to a little more than 30 per day—counting weekends and holidays.
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Those performing late-term abortions, of course, do not work 24 hours per day 7 day a week.
If it were assumed that those performing late-term abortions only worked 40 hours a week—or 2,080 hours in a 52-week year (without vacations)—that would mean that an average of about 5.3 unborn babies who have made it to at least the 20th week of pregnancy are aborted each work hour in the United States.
11,000 late-term abortions per year also equals an average of about 212 per week.The combined membership of the U.S. House of Representatives (435) and the U.S. Senate (100) is 535. At 11,000 late-term abortions per year, American abortionists terminate enough late-term babies in just twelve months to populate Congress more than 20 time over.