NARAL Lies about Late-Term Abortions


It is the official position of NARAL and other pro-choice groups that these abortions are extremely rare and are only done for dire medical reasons. However, doctors who perform these abortions have admitted otherwise. See the following quotes:

From NARAL president Kate Michelman

“But late-term abortions are only used under the most compelling of circumstances–to protect a woman’s health or life or because of grave fetal abnormality.”

Washington Times, June 16, 1996

And again, elsewhere

The fact is that late term abortions are exceedingly rare. They are performed only when necessary to preserve a woman’s health or life, or when a woman is carrying a fetus with lethal anomalies, many of which would die soon after birth. Again, the fact is that these abortions, these terminations are compelled by life and, life and health reasons and grave fetal abnormalities.”

NARAL News Conference Nov 7, 1995

Occasionally, a pro-choice activist will have a moment of honesty. Here, head of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers admits the following about (D&X) partial birth abortions, performed late in pregnancy:

“When you’re a doctor who does these abortions and the leaders of your movement appear before Congress and go on network news and say these procedures are done in only the most tragic of circumstances, how do you think that makes you feel? You know they’re primarily done on healthy women and healthy fetuses, and it makes you feel like a dirty little abortionist with a dirty little secret. I think we should tell them the truth, let them vote and move on. In the vast majority of cases, the procedure is performed on a healthy mother with a healthy fetus that is 20 weeks or more along. The abortion-rights folks know it, the anti-abortion folks know it, and so, probably, does everyone else.”

Ron Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers (NCAP), American Medical News, March 3, 1997.

see the other quotes in this section by doctors who perform late-term abortions and testify that the majority are for elective, nonmedical reasons

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