Shocking Report Shows Babies Killed in Late-Term Abortions, Including One Baby at 39 Weeks

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 17, 2021   |   5:53PM   |   Washington, DC

A shocking new investigation by Live Action News confirms that babies are aborted right up to birth across the United States.

While pro-life advocates have known for years about abortion facilities in Colorado and New Mexico advertising late-term abortions, state health statistics from three other states show that viable, late-term aborted babies are being killed in other parts of the country as well. None of the reports give reasons for the late-term abortions.

According to Live Action, reports from the Kentucky health department show that one baby was aborted at 37 weeks and another at 38 weeks of pregnancy in 2019; in 2017, one baby was aborted at 35 weeks and another at 37 weeks.

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Full-term is considered to be about 37 to 40 weeks of pregnancy. However, babies can survive much earlier. Viability now is about 22 weeks, though a few babies have survived at 21 weeks of pregnancy.

The pro-life organization found similar statistics from state health reports in Michigan. According to the investigation, the state reports do not specify the gestational age beyond 28 weeks, so it is not clear exactly how late some babies were aborted. What is clear is that they were viable and capable of feeling pain.

According to the report:

For years, Michigan recorded multiple abortions committed at “over 28 weeks” but did not specify the gestational age beyond this. Two of these abortions were committed in 2020, one in 2019, one in 2018, three in 2017, eight in 2016, 21 in 2015, and 18 in 2014.

Similarly, Minnesota health officials reported one abortion at 35 weeks of pregnancy in 2020 and another at 39 weeks in 2018, according to the report. Two more babies at 31 weeks and another at 36 weeks also were aborted in 2018 in the state, the report found.

Abortions up to birth also are occurring in other countries. In 2020, England and Wales reported 46 abortions at 32 weeks of pregnancy or beyond and an additional 57 abortions at 28 to 31 weeks.

A few mothers have shared disturbing stories of being pressured to have late-term abortions as well. One mom recently told the BBC that she was pressured to abort her unborn daughter 15 times, including right up to the moment of her baby’s birth, after her daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Abortion lobbyists admit that most late-term abortions are done on healthy mothers carrying healthy babiesGuttmacher Institute statistics also confirm that “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”