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:
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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