A Washington, D.C. abortion clinic unashamedly advertises that it will abort unborn babies almost up to full term.
As the abortion debate boils again across the nation, questions about late-term abortions have resurfaced. When are they allowed and where? Who does them and why?
The Daily Wire discovered that at least one abortion facility in our nation’s capital aborts unborn babies up to 36 weeks.
The Capital Women’s Services abortion facility appears to be managed by one of the most notorious late-term abortionists in the U.S., Steven Brigham. He has had his license revoked in numerous states for putting patients’ lives at risk. The facility’s current abortionist, Myron Rose, also was disciplined in 2016 after the Maryland Board of Physicians determined he lied on his license renewal application.
The abortion facility says it handles late-term abortion requests on a case-by-case basis, but it does abortions up to 36 weeks “under certain circumstances, such as for fetal or maternal indications.”
“The U.S. Supreme Court, in its classic Roe vs. Wade Decision, ruled that abortions are legal at any gestation to preserve the life or the health of the woman,” its website says.
“We understand that this can be a difficult time. While some birth defects can sometimes be repaired surgically, in other cases the outlook is bleak. Discovering a fetal indication is often very upsetting news because it can sometimes mean that a wanted pregnancy can no longer continue. These are tragic situations, and we will always respect the right of a woman to make her own medical decisions regarding her own life, her own body, and her own family.”
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By 36 weeks, unborn babies are fully formed and viable. They already are able to learn, to dream and to feel intense pain. An abortion at such a late stage would be extremely risky for the mother’s life as well, and many OB-GYNs have pointed out recently that an abortion is never necessary at such a late stage to protect a mother’s life or physical health.
Seven states and D.C. allow unborn babies to be aborted through all nine months of pregnancy and have done so for years, the Christian Post reports. The others are Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Vermont.
New York recently expanded into allowing late-term unborn babies to be aborted for almost any reason up to birth as well.
Some continue to doubt that late-term, elective abortions are legal in the U.S., but even the Washington Post, which has a liberal, pro-abortion slant, confirmed this to be true in 2017. Calling it “a bit surprising,” the newspaper fact checker said it is true that the U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The good news is that fewer abortion businesses are doing late-term abortions. According to a survey conducted by Operation Rescue: “In 2016, there were 164 abortion facilities that conducted abortions at 20 weeks or later — 31 more than 2018. This represents an impressive 19 percent reduction in the number of very-late-term abortion facilities over just the past two years.”