Who in the past few weeks has not heard the claim that late-term abortions only are done in serious cases involving major health problems with the mother or her unborn child.
Abortion activists repeatedly use the claim to justify radical pro-abortion laws such as the one passed in New York, which allows abortions for basically any reason up to birth.
But the claim is not true. An Oregon woman recently admitted as much to the liberal New York Magazine.
Beth aborted an unborn baby when she was 22 years old and 28 weeks pregnant, far past the point of viability, according to the report. She said both she and the baby were healthy; she just was not ready to parent a child.
Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, Beth was told that she would not be able to get pregnant, according to the report. So, when she did get pregnant at age 22, she said she did not realize it for months. When she finally did, she was 26 weeks along.
Though she was healthy and her baby was, too, she quickly decided to have an abortion.
“I was going through a tough time with my family,” she told the magazine. “I was, at the time, relatively estranged from them, and a big part of that was because I had been in this previously toxic relationship, and we grew apart because of it. My relationship had just ended the week before, but my relationship with my family … there was no time to heal with my family.”
Instead of trying to rebuild the relationship with her family or seek out community resources for herself and her child, she scheduled a late-term abortion. Beth said she flew to one of the last late-term abortion facilities in the U.S., a clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and paid $10,500 for her unborn baby to be aborted.
“I don’t think it would have been healthy for me” to stay in a toxic relationship with the father, she said, “it wouldn’t have been healthy for our child. I just knew that I needed to leave that in the past and I needed to move forward. I knew that I couldn’t afford to be a parent.”
SUPPORT LIFENEWS! If you like this pro-life article, please help LifeNews.com with a donation!
It is interesting that she used the word “health” because many have argued that the New York law prohibits late-term abortions except when there are risks to the life or health of the mother. Beth’s story demonstrates just how loosely “health” can be interpreted.
However, Beth also made it clear that her physical “health wasn’t at risk” and her unborn baby “didn’t have a fetal anomaly.” She just did not think she could handle a baby at that point in her life.
“I remember when I was looking for stories like mine on the internet — anyone who had an abortion later on in their pregnancy, anyone who didn’t have some way to justify it other than they wanted it — and I couldn’t find that anywhere. That broke my heart, and it made me feel isolated and alone and different and wrong,” she said.
But there is strong evidence that Beth is not alone. A number of leaders within the pro-abortion movement have admitted that many late-term abortions are elective.
For example, Diana Greene Foster, a well-known pro-abortion researcher at the University of California San Francisco, wrote in 2013: “… data suggest that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment. Indeed, we know very little about women who seek later abortions.”
Ron Fitzsimmons, the former executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, made a startling admission about late-term abortions as well in 1997. He told the New York Times that he had lied to U.S. Congress when he said late-term abortions are rare. Fitzsimmons said late-term abortions are more common than abortion activists admit, and many are on healthy mothers carrying healthy unborn babies.
These admissions are important to refute the lies and misinformation being pushed by the abortion industry. It knows that polls consistently show that most Americans oppose late-term abortions; so it uses difficult cases to push laws allowing abortions for basically any reason up to birth.
Every baby’s life is valuable, from the moment of conception, but it’s important to expose the abortion industry’s lies about late-term abortions to prevent more states from passing laws allowing abortions without restriction up to birth.