ABORTION IN THE NEWS
Late Term Abortions
How often do late term abortions happen?
Are late term abortions necessary?
How are late term abortions performed?
Are there babies aborted alive?
What does the public say about late term abortions?
What are lawmakers' opinions of late term abortions?
How Often Do Late Term Abortions Happen?
It has often been said that late term abortions are very rare. But what does this mean? According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of the abortion industry, late term abortions account for only 1.3 per cent of all abortions in the U.S. But exactly what does this mean?
Because there are approximately 926,000 abortions annually, this 1.3 per cent means over 12,000 late term abortions annually. Does this 12,000 abortions make it rare?
Are Late Term Abortions Necessary?
Proponents of late term abortions claim that late term abortions are absolutely medically necessary as they are used to save the lives of mothers who would otherwise die from pregnancy complications or because they are carrying babies with birth defects; i.e., babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
However, turning once again to the experts within the abortion industry, the Guttmacher Institute states:
Most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment... most women seeking later abortion fit at least one of five profiles: They were raising children alone, were depressed or using illicit substances, were in conflict with a male partner or experiencing domestic violence, had trouble deciding and then had access problems, or were young and nulliparous.
Likewise, OBGYNs and maternal healthcare experts have been very vocal in testifying that abortion is never medically necessary. In fact, over 1,000 of these doctors have signed a declaration stating:
As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology, we affirm that abortion - the purposeful destruction of the unborn child - is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman. We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of a mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child. We confirm that prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.
Dr. Anthony Levatino is one of these OBGYNs who has practiced in one of the top high risk obstetrics hospitals in the country. He has helped pregnant mothers in the most dangerous situations and has never recommended abortion.
According to Dr. Levatino it is necessary in these situations to separate the baby from the mother, not to kill the baby. Both are treated as patients and all efforts are made to save the baby after he is delivered by labor induction or C-section. Although a premature baby may not survive, the intent is never to purposely kill him.
Pregnancy problems like preeclampsia, toxemia, diabetes, etc., are never cause for an abortion. It is simply a matter of separating the baby from the mother, not intentionally killing the baby.
How Are Late Term Abortions Performed?
It's important to note that there are multiple different ways to perform first and second trimester abortions, but the most used method for third trimester (late term) abortions is often called induction abortion. To help insure that the baby will be delivered dead rather than alive, the abortion doctor injects digoxin or potassium chloride through the mother’s abdomen, targeting the heart, head, or torso of the baby, causing cardiac arrest.
The abortionist also inserts laminaria to open the cervix to cause it to dilate. He may also administer labor-inducing drugs. Within two to four days she will go into labor and deliver a dead baby, usually, but not always.
Are There Babies Aborted Alive?
When abortion clinic workers have been asked what is done if the baby is still alive, there have been a mixture of answers - one doctor said she would break the neck of the baby, another told of placing live born babies into a jar of solution to drown them.
In other cases, an undetected twin remains alive while his or her sibling dies in the abortion; and the twin is later born alive.
In rare instances, these aborted alive babies have been saved by nurses or their own mothers who changed their minds in the end. Some of these babies are now young adults and have been speaking out for other survivors and testifying before legislatures and the U.S. Congress for legislation to protect babies like them who are born alive during an abortion.
These vocal survivors include Melissa Ohden who survived a saline abortion at 31 weeks of pregnancy; Claire Culwell, who was a surviving twin; Josiah Presley, who lost an arm in the abortion, but his mother remained pregnant; and Gianna Jessen, another saline abortion survivor, to name a few.
What Does the Public Say About Late Term Abortions?
With all the publicity over the changes in abortion laws allowing abortion through the moment of birth and even support for infanticide if a baby is aborted alive, public opinion polls are coming out dramatically opposed to these things.
This widespread revulsion of late term abortions and killing babies aborted alive has shown up in recent public opinion polls. Opposition is even high among people who self identify as pro-choice, with 66% opposing late term abortions and 77% opposing infanticide of babies aborted alive.
What Are Lawmakers Opinions of Late Term Abortions?
A handful of state legislatures are attempting to codify abortions through birth with no support for babies aborted alive. Many other states, however, are passing laws to prevent this.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress is completely split on this topic with most Republicans supporting laws to prevent late term abortions and infanticide and most Democrats supporting all abortions throughout pregnancy and allowing the mother and abortion doctor to decide whether the aborted alive baby lives or dies.
In the last two months there have been 18 attempts to protect these babies aborted alive, but because of the procedures in the House of Representatives, the majority party of Democrats refuse to allow this issue to even come to a vote. Likewise, in the Senate, although there is a 53 member majority to protect babies who survive abortion, Senate rules require 60 votes to do so, and all but three Democrats vote against it.
These elected representatives are clearly in conflict with the voting public and the majority opinion of voters on both sides of the abortion issue.