A late term abortionist talks about the reasons women get abortions late in pregnancy:
It’s a natural question: “why did she wait? Why wasn’t she there at six weeks rather than 18?” Maybe she had irregular periods, she didn’t have Mother Nature’s early warning system. All kinds of reasons. Maybe she was raped — there’s another level of denial that goes with that. There’s also the decision-making process. Women assess all their responsibilities and resources, and ask — do I have enough to be a good mom and have a baby? For some people they do that really fast, and for other people it takes longer.
Conversations about stress in a relationship, changes in employment status. Those decisions take longer. And then there’s the access to care — that gets into that issue of disparities. Poor women have to make the arrangements: time off work, time off school, childcare, travel. If you have a waiting period, you have to travel twice and it’s that much more expense. Those factors can all delay a woman.
Dr. Nancy Stanwood, abortionist
LOLA PELLEGRINO “Ask (Another) Abortion Provider: Roe vs. Wade, 39th Anniversary Commemorative Edition” The Hairpin JANUARY 23, 2012
Note that none of the reasons listed above have to do with a health problem in the mother or baby.
This is how the majority of abortions are performed in the mid to late second trimester
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