The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would prohibit abortion after five months (20 weeks) – a point by which a baby can feel the excruciating pain of the abortion procedure.
Planned Parenthood’s extreme position on abortion is reflected in their opposition to the bill. Its chief medical officer, Raegan McDonald-Mosley, tweeted that the legislation “is a ‘solution’ in search of a problem.”
Pro-abortion advocates claim late-term abortions are very rare and occur when there is a severe physical anomaly with the unborn child or a serious medial threat to the mother.
Yet, the evidence shows otherwise.
Regardless of the reason given for abortion and the point in pregnancy when the child is killed, we take a stand for life. Even so, we must debunk their myth that persuades many people to support abortion.
An August 2011 article on George Tiller by pro-abortion advocate Carole Jeffe painted the notorious late-term abortionist as a heroic advocate for women in crisis. Fifteen times she stated his abortions were done for “fetal indication” pregnancies (anomalies with the baby).
But during a speech at the 1995 National Abortion Convention in New Orleans, Tiller had already put to bed the misconception that late-term abortions were done for only extreme cases. “We have some experience with late terminations; about 10,000 patients between 24 and 36 weeks and something like 800 fetal anomalies between 26 and 36 weeks in the past 5 years.”
After the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts filed a petition against George Tiller in December 2008 for 11 counts of performing late-term abortions in violation of state law, he decided to hang up his deadly tools of the trade.
A feminist blog reported that Tiller had informed fellow abortionist LeRoy Carhart that he would soon retire. It has been speculated that Tiller wanted to avoid the same disciplinary outcome as his colleague Ann Kristin Neuhaus whose medical license was revoked. This conversation reportedly occurred a week before Tiller was gunned down in his church.
Tiller isn’t the only abortionist to reveal the reasons for late abortion. Martin Haskell, who claims to have developed the partial-birth abortion procedure, told American Medical News in a 1993 interview, “I’ll be quite frank: most of my abortions are elective in that 20-24 week range…. In my particular case, probably 20% are for genetic reasons. And the other 80% are purely elective…”
Priests for Life and Abortion Free New Mexico in a recent undercover campaign phoned several abortion facilities. The young woman caller stated she was at or over 20 weeks and, without fail, was told she could have an abortion for any reason, as long as she could pay the bill.
The reasons why women obtain late-term abortions may surprise you. Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson, MD authored an analysis of research seeking why women have late-term abortions. Data on over 400 women 20 weeks or more into pregnancy was collected by interviews and questionnaires. The authors of the study found that the wider “data suggests that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
Dr. Johnson wrote, “…most late-term abortions are performed because of a delay in pregnancy diagnosis and for reasons similar to those given by first-trimester abortion patients: financial stressors, relationship problems, education concerns or parenting challenges.”
Contrary to the facade created by pro-abortion advocates and politicians, women are not seeking late-term abortions in response to rare, dire circumstances. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection act is an essential tool to protect preborn children and their mothers from the abortion industry.
Please contact your senators today. Ask them to support this life-saving legislation.