Moms’ Posts of Their Premature Babies Expose How Abortion is Legal Up to Birth in Most States

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 5, 2016   |   11:45AM   |   Washington, DC

Two moms of premature babies are making a huge impact for life on Facebook.

The moms, Ashley Brooke Costanzo and Whitney Sanders, posted similar messages online in April to raise awareness about late-term abortions and the radical abortion positions of the two Democratic presidential candidates. Since then, tens of thousands of people have shared and viewed their posts online.

Live Action News reports Costanzo was the first to post a photo of her premature daughter in a hospital bed along with a message exposing how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders support abortions on babies like her daughter.

“Bernie and Hillary are both in support of late term abortions. Bernie opposes any restrictions on abortion in general. Under such laws, up to 36 weeks, abortion would be legal. You ask me why I care so much?,” Costanzo wrote. “Meet my 31 weeker.”

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The post of her premature baby girl went viral, with more than 11,000 people sharing it online. It caught the attention of Alabama mom Whitney Sanders, whose twins were born at 36 weeks. She posted a similar message online with a photo of her twins and got an even more overwhelming response:

Sanders’ post had close to 87,000 shares on Facebook on Thursday morning. Watching her post spread to tens of thousands of people, Sanders wrote, “My babies are going viral!! lol Seriously though, if one baby is saved, then this post has done its job.”

After Costanzo’s post went viral and she began to receive some backlash for it, she wrote a blog post to explain the reasons for her message about late-term abortions.

“I don’t want the message to get lost, I think that people need to look deeper into what words mean when said by politicians and what policies and mentality will do to this country,” she wrote.

The moms’ Facebook posts raise awareness about an issue that often is not discussed in the mainstream media: late-term abortions. While pro-life candidates routinely are pressed about their positions on abortion, pro-abortion candidates rarely are questioned about theirs.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both have extreme pro-abortion policies that are out of touch with most Americans. Clinton promised Planned Parenthood that she would force taxpayers to fund abortions, and Sanders can’t name a single case when he thinks abortion should be illegal. These positions are radical by most Americans’ standards.

It is disturbing how little awareness there is about late-term abortions, which remain legal in a number of states. The U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, coupled with the companion case Doe v. Bolton, opened the doors to abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. Though a number of states have taken steps to ban abortions on viable, late-term babies, thousands still are killed every year in painful, late-term abortions. In 2011 alone, 7,325 unborn babies were aborted after 21 weeks in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most of these babies likely were viable outside the womb. The number of late-term abortions likely is much higher because only 39 states reported to the CDC.