Pro-Choice people like to say that abortions are never done because the baby is the wrong gender. Legislation that sought to protect unborn baby girls from being aborted just because they were girls failed in Congress. Pro-choicers adamantly opposed this law. Despite their professed concern about women, they are not worried about unborn women– to these champions of “women’s rights” is perfectly acceptable for an abortion to be done solely because the parents want a boy when their unborn baby is a girl.
Kelly Clinger is a sidewalk counselor (a person who intervenes in the clinic and tries to convince women to have their babies instead of aborting them) who witnessed a woman five months pregnant with twins who went to get an abortion at Orlando Women’s Center.
Orlando Women’s Center performs abortions up to 28 weeks – see this ad in the local paper
this is what an unborn baby looks like at 20 weeks (five months)
The woman, whose name has been withheld, was aborting her babies solely because they were girls and she wanted boys. The reason for her abortion came out as she talked to the sidewalk counselors.
Offers of financial help, free housing, and offers to adopt the babies poured in as soon as this picture when viral. Unfortunately, despite so many people’s prayers and offers of help, this woman aborted her baby girls. See a picture of what babies look like at 20 weeks after they are aborted
Unfortunately, there are no significant legal barriers preventing women from getting abortions all the way up to birth anywhere in the United States. Many states have no laws on the books at all. Other states have laws with health exceptions, but health has been defined so broadly by the Supreme Court (in Doe versus Bolton) that any emotional distress can qualify as a health risk. Often, all the woman has to do is convince the abortionist, who clearly has a vested interest in her choice, that her emotional health would be compromised by giving birth and she can have the abortion legally. Minor physical conditions like heart burn can also be used to justify late-term abortion. Sometimes a little bit of paperwork is needed – other times not.
Many pro-choicers are uncomfortable with late-term abortions and have no idea that they are even legal. Other pro-choice activists maintain that they are only done for the direst of medical reasons – but this is a myth. While some late-term abortions are done because the baby has a defect (often down syndrome or similar condition) the majority are done for elective reasons. According to a survey in the Journal of Perspectives of Sexual and Reproductive Health, these are the reasons why women have late-term abortions:
45% had trouble finding abortion provider
37% unsure of date of last menstrual period
68% had no pregnancy symptoms
58% Didn’t comfirm pregnancy until in second trimester
30% had difficulty deciding on abortion
31% had previous second trimester abortion
Did not cite a single case of fetal abnormality
“Second Trimester Abortion: Logistics and Lack of Symptoms are Factors” Perspectives of Sexual and Reproductive Health Volume 38 No 2, June 2006Share on Facebook