10 States Now Allow Killing Babies Up to Birth in Abortions, Virginia Could be Next

National   |   Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 4, 2020   |   10:24AM   |   Washington, DC

Last year, three states joined the list of those that have legalized killing babies in abortions up to birth. Virginia could be the next to join them.

In January 2019, New York passed a pro-abortion law that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed that drew outrage from all across the country. It strips away all legal protections for unborn babies and allows them to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.

But New York is not alone.

Illinois also passed a law, signed by Gov J.B. Pritzker, to legalize abortions up to birth and Rhode Island joined the list when Gov. Gina Raimondo signed her state’s abortions up to birth law.

Seven other states also allow unborn babies to be aborted through all nine months of pregnancy and have done so for years. The states are Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Vermont, along with Washington, D.C. This fact is confirmed by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group and former arm of Planned Parenthood.

In fact, the number of late-term abortion centers in the United States is much higher than most people might think, according to an Operation Rescue report:

Currently, there are 143 surgical abortion facilities that will conduct abortions at 20 weeks or more.

Over the past ten years, the number of abortion facilities that are willing to openly conduct abortions into the third trimester of pregnancy starting at 28 weeks changed little – until 2019 when the number jumped from six to eight.

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Those clinics include:

  • Boulder Abortion Clinic in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Capital Women’s Services in Washington, D.C.
  • CARE (Formerly AbortionClinics.org) in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Pro-Choice Center in Beverly Hills, California.
  • Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Washington Surgi-Clinic
  • Women’s Med Center in Dayton, Ohio.
  • DuPont Clinic, Washington, D.C.

Virginia could be joining the list soon.

In January 2019, Governor Ralph Northam and Democratic Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran introduced HB2491, known as The Repeal Act, which would repeal restrictions on third trimester abortions all the way up to 40 weeks. This includes killing the child during or after delivery. This year Virginia passed the ERA and is pushing legislation to repeal virtually every pro-life law and the state could find itself without any abortion limits soon.

Some people continue to doubt that late-term, elective abortions are legal in the U.S., but even the Washington Post, which has a 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.

Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions. According to a national poll conducted by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.

A May 2018 Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.