Majority of Late Abortions Not For Medical Reasons

Pro-choice writer Katha Pollitt, writing in The Nation, discusses reasons why women get late term (second trimester or later) abortions. The majority are NOT done because of maternal health or defect in the baby. Here are the statistics from 2003:

18 weeks

71% didn’t realize she was pregnant

48% difficulty making arrangements

33% afraid of telling parents or partner

A little less than 2% of all abortions take place after 20 weeks…this still adds up to thousands a year.

Katha Pollitt “In the Waiting Room” The Nation  April 21, 2003



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Author: TA Smith

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life writer and blogger. She is on the board of The Consistent Life Network and PLAGAL +

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