Monday, September 27, 2010

Late-term Abortions in the United States

Live baby in womb, 16 weeks gestation
329,000 babies between this age & 20 weeks gestation were killed by abortion in the U.S. in 2005, the last year for which the Alan Guttmacher Institute* provides complete statistics.

Live baby in womb,20 weeks gestation
213,000 babies this age were killed by abortion in the U.S. in 2005, the last year for which the Alan Guttmacher Institute provides complete statistics.

QUESTION:
Even if you believe that a fetus should have no legal right to live, how do you feel about the killing of 542,000 significantly developed offspring in the womb each year? What has gone wrong with the pro-choice vision of "abortion: safe, legal, and RARE"?
A person of conscience ought to wonder.

QUESTION:
Take a look at the size of these babies. Think about what it takes to sever the lives of offspring this well developed. Even if you believe that a fetus should have no legal right to live, how do you think death should be administered to them? Should they receive anaesthetic before their skulls are pierced by scissors and crushed?
A person of conscience ought to wonder.

*The Alan Guttmacher Institute is the research arm of Planned Parenthood. Both pro-life and pro-choice groups accept the Guttmacher statistics on abortion in the United States.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

"In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed".

"3.8% of abortions in 2006 were performed from 16 to 20 weeks from the last menstrual period".

1,210,000 * .038 = 45,980

45,980 < 329,000

Rae said...

Thanks, Anonymous. I stand corrected. I mis-read the Guttmacher charts. (I don't think it's the first time, either. I think I have a bad article draft somewhere that needs deleting).

I remain horrified that common decency does not object to the tens of thousands of near-infanticides that take place legally each year. But then, I guess there really is no such thing as common anything anymore. Very little common ground exists between those for whom abortion is acceptable and those for whom it is not.

Grace said...

Does Guttmacher give the reason for abortion?

Were those all elective abortions?

Many of them may have been for threat of the mother's life or because the fetus was non-viable and doomed to suffer anyway (anencephaly, for instance, is a common and tragic reason for late term abortion - those babies have no chance of survival at all).

I imagine that the statistics would look very different if we discerned between medically indicated abortion and elective abortion at this gestation.

I agree that LT abortion should not be done electively. I think the legal limit could be earlier.