Myth-Busting Late-Term Abortion Statistics

Since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June, abortion supporters have turned up the volume of their protestations. Among their assertions, they have criticized pro-life advocates for statements about late-term abortions. There is a lot of confusion and mistaken information about late-term abortions, so let’s bust some common myths.

Pro-abortion activists will trumpet the rarity of late-term abortions. While late-term abortions comprise about one percent of all abortions, nearly one million abortions occur every year. Doing the math, that means over 10,000 late-term abortions are performed annually. Loudly repeating that late-term abortions are rare doesn’t change the disturbing truth that thousands of infants who can live outside the womb are killed every year.

You have probably heard that late-term abortions are almost exclusively done because of the pregnant mother’’s health or serious complications with a pregnancy. But research shows that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment. In reality, women seek late-term abortions for the same reasons as earlier abortions.

Abortion has been legal in Oregon since 1969, legal until birth since 1973 and has had no financial restrictions since 2017. Pro-abortion politicians in Oregon oppose any limitations on abortion. But a recent poll from DHM Research revealed that most Oregonians would support a ban on third-trimester abortions except to save the life of the mother. By bringing truth to the discussion, we may be able to pass at least this late-term protection for the unborn.

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