An on-going undercover project has been exposing just how easy it is to abort a healthy, viable unborn baby in the United States.
In the latest undercover call by Priests for Life and Abortion Free New Mexico, an investigator asks an abortion facility in West Chester, New York about scheduling an abortion at 23 weeks of pregnancy.
“I just don’t want it,” the undercover investigator tells the receptionist at All Women’s of New York — pretending to be a young woman with her first pregnancy who just doesn’t want her health baby.
At the end of the call, the receptionist informs the woman that they have no problem with aborting healthy unborn babies at 23 weeks. She says they could schedule the woman’s abortion within a few days.
By 23 weeks of pregnancy, an unborn baby is viable outside the womb and capable of feeling intense pain in an abortion. A late-term abortion also can be very risky for the mother, but the receptionist did not mention any of this.
Investigator: And is it legal in New York? If I’m healthy and if the baby’s healthy, is it an elective procedure?
Receptionist: It’s an elective procedure. Correct.
Investigator: How much would it be if I was able to get in within the next week or so?
Receptionist: Well, it’s not a week or so, it has to be this week.
The receptionist asks a series of questions about the woman’s health, her stage of pregnancy and her ability to pay. She does not seem concerned about why the woman wants to abort her unborn child.
Receptionist: Um, so you just didn’t know you were pregnant?
Investigator: No, I did. I just decided that I didn’t want to continue the pregnancy. So, I’m exactly 22 weeks today. My last period was August 6.
Receptionist: But there’s nothing wrong with the pregnancy?
Investigator: No, I’m healthy, the baby’s healthy. I just don’t want it.
Receptionist: You don’t want it. Ok. And how will you be paying for this?
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Later, the receptionist informs the woman that the abortion will be a three-day procedure, and it will cost $2,700 (including a $300 “cremation fee”).
She asks about the woman’s weight and medical history. Then, based on her calculations, she tells the woman that she is probably closer to 23 weeks pregnant.
“So you’re healthy, you’re not overweight,” the receptionist concludes. “Um, and I don’t think [the abortion] will be a problem.”
The call to All Women’s of New York was the 24th in a series of undercover investigations by the pro-life groups. Another call released last week revealed the willingness of an Englewood, New Jersey abortion facility to abort healthy unborn babies up to 24 weeks. The investigator learned that she could schedule a late-term abortion there as early as the next day.
“I just don’t want ‘it’ is all it takes to get a late-term abortion in New York state,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, and Bud and Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico in a statement. “In a climate where pro-abortion advocates insist that late-term abortions are primarily done to preserve women’s health, this undercover investigation proves that just the opposite is true.”
The pro-lifers said the receptionist focused a lot on the woman’s health and her ability to pay.
“Abortion mills are not hospitals; they don’t want sick patients coming to them,” the pro-life advocates continued. “In fact, time and time again, as the undercover calls reveal, women are screened to make sure that they are healthy before being able to schedule a late-term abortion.”
They urged lawmakers to inform themselves about the late-term abortion industry and then vote to protect unborn babies from their horrendous practices.