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The media pretends 100,000 late abortions every year is no big deal. They’re wrong.

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Reason, Abortion stats, CDC, Guttmacher Abortion Stats, Late term abortion, Late term abortion reasons, Warren Hern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2019 by saynsumthn

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While early abortions reportedly comprise a large percentage of abortions committed every year, late abortions — those that take place in the second and third trimesters — are not as “rare” as the media and abortion industry claim. Rather than describe the violence of abortion, the media instead fixates on whether anti-abortion advocates are using “medically accurate” terminology. They have claimed that terms such as “partial-birth abortion” and “late-term abortion” were invented by pro-lifers to somehow stigmatize these procedures. But Live Action News previously dispelled this deceptive talking point, documenting how the media and abortion industry have used the term “late-term abortion” for years (many still do). A few examples are below.

Image: Warren Hern uses term later abortion

Warren Hern uses term “late-term abortion”

IMage: NARAL Tweets late term abortion (Image: Twitter)

NARAL Tweets late term abortion (Image: Twitter)

What is a “late abortion?” 

Simple answer: An abortion at or greater than thirteen weeks.

Abortionist and abortion researcher Dr. Daniel Grossman told Parents.com that most Americans view an abortion to be “late-term” if it is performed after 12 weeks, or 3 months. Grossman is on staff at the Bixby Center at the University of California, San Francisco, which trains abortionists — and as Live Action News has documented, Grossman is saturated in the abortion movement.

As you can see in this image published on Planned Parenthood’s website (fetal development page separate from the corporation’s abortion page), babies at 13 weeks and older are more developed.

Image: Planned Parenthood fetal development at 13-14 and 17-20 weeks (Image: PPFA)

Planned Parenthood fetal development at 13-14 and 17-20 weeks (Image: PPFA)

What abortion procedures are used in late abortions?

Live Action has documented two procedures used to commit late abortions:

  • D&E: dilation (dilatation) and evacuation abortion. The abortionist dilates the woman’s cervix and uses instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus.
  • Induction abortion. The abortionist will usually kill the baby in utero by injecting a substance that causes cardiac arrest, and induces the mother’s labor to deliver her baby stillborn.

D&E abortions are particularly gruesome, as described by former abortionist Anthony Levatino in the video below.

How many late abortions occur annually?

For that answer, we turn to the two reporting agencies on abortion: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute, a former “special affiliate” of Planned Parenthood.  There is no federal requirement that all abortions are reported and no requirement that abortions are reported by gestation. In addition, these two reporting agencies vary in their numbers. Live Action News previously explained some of the reasons for the variation:

  • The CDC’s overall abortion numbers are generally much lower than numbers released by the Guttmacher Institute. CDC uses data from states, and since not every state requires abortion reporting — and those that do differ in what information is collected — abortions by trimester (gestation) will vary.
  • Guttmacher gathers its figures from surveys, which it claims it sends directly to all known abortion facilities, categorized by type. Despite more comprehensive figures, Guttmacher neglects to break down reported abortion data beyond 21 weeks of pregnancy.

CDC reported late abortions by gestation (2015): 38,000

In 2015, 638,169 abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. But not all states specified abortion by gestational age. The numbers below exclude 12 reporting areas:

  • 8 weeks or less: 279,999 (65.4%)
  • 9-13 weeks: 109,860 (25.7%)
  • 14-15 weeks: 15,146 (3.5%)
  • 16-17 weeks: 9,030 (2.1%)
  • 18-20 weeks: 8,410 (2.0%)
  • 21 weeks or greater: 5,597 (1.3%)

In 2015, 8.9% of children aborted — 38,183 — were past the first trimester of pregnancy.

Guttmacher estimated late abortions by gestation (2017): 100,000

In 2017, Guttmacher reported a total of 862,320 abortions, claiming that two-thirds of abortions occurred at eight weeks or earlier. Using the same percentages from Guttmacher’s graph below (2016), we discover that over 100,000 (100,891) abortions took place in the second trimester or later.

  • 8 weeks or less (65.4%) – 563,957 abortions
  • 9-10 weeks (14.7%) – 126,761 abortions
  • 11-12 weeks (8.2%) – 70,710 abortions
  • 13-15 weeks (6.3%) – 54,326 abortions
  • 16-20 weeks (4.1%) – 35,355 abortions
  • At or greater than 21 weeks (1.3%) – 11,210 abortions
Guttmacher 2016 abortion by trimester (Graph: Guttmacher Institute)

Guttmacher 2016 abortion by trimester (Graph: Guttmacher Institute)

That 100,000 annual late abortion statistic is not small. It’s equal to the…

 

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Baby at 20 weeks, the age at which Dermish commits abortions

Why do women get late abortions?

The media deceptively leads the public to believe that late abortions only happen in cases of fetal anomalies or because of a health reason (as opposed to an early delivery), but even the abortion industry admits that late abortions are often done on perfectly healthy babies and moms.

Dr. Eleanor Drey, the medical director of the Women’s Options Center of San Francisco General Hospital which commits abortions into the second trimester, admitted in an abortion training module published by Innovating Education, ” […] there was a study that showed women’s reasons for presenting at 16 weeks or beyond after their last menstrual period. And what they saw was that women often didn’t realize that they were pregnant.” She goes on to list additional reasons, and as you can see, fetal anomaly is the lowest on the list.

Abortion trainer Eleanor Drey on reasons women obtain late second trimester abortion

Eleanor Drey on reasons women obtain late second trimester abortion

According to Guttmacher’s report, “Seventy-two percent of clinics offered abortions up to 12 weeks’ gestation in 2014, 25% up to 20 weeks and 10% up to 24 weeks.” (There are facilities which provide abortions even later in gestation; those abortions are not specifically referenced in the report.) Live Action has previously documented that late abortions often occur for reasons of personal choice. The video below is a compilation of an undercover investigation into several U.S. late abortion facilities conducted by Live Action. More on that investigation here.

The fact is that late abortions (some on preborn babies who are potentially able to survive outside the womb) happen daily in America. These figures reveal that over 100,000 uniquely designed and distinctly human beings die violently from second and third trimester abortion inside abortion facilities each year. This represents nearly 274 babies each day and at least 11 babies every single hour whose lives are ended by late abortion.

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‘Small percentage’? More than 11,000 babies who could potentially have survived were aborted in a year

Posted in Abortion Numbers, Abortion stats, CDC, Guttmacher Abortion Stats, Late term abortion, Third Trimester Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2019 by saynsumthn

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The abortion lobby and its media friends diminish late abortions as “only a few” or a “small percentage” of abortions while further downplaying thousands of abortions committed at or after 21 weeks, when the preborn baby might be potentially viable. Live Action News previously documented that abortions committed into the second and third trimesters totaled over 100,000 in 2017 alone. According to both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute, abortions committed at 21 weeks or greater represent 1.3% of all reported abortions.

When the media discusses this percentage, however, they make it seem insignificant. So why isn’t that same or similar percentage insignificant when discussing other U.S. deaths, such as those from gun violence, alcohol-induced causes, or suicide?

The CDC’s National Vital Statistics Reports on deaths of born residents registered in the United States in 2017 reveal there were 2,813,503 deaths reported that year. A sample of deaths that reflect a similar range to the 1.3 percent of the total reported deaths include:

  • In 2017, 39,773 persons died from firearm-related injuries in the United States (homicide, unintentional, suicide, undetermined, etc.) representing approximately 1.4 percent of all reported deaths in the United States.
  • In 2017, a total of 35,823 persons died of alcohol-induced causes in the United States, representing nearly 1.3 percent of all reported deaths in the United States.
  • In 2017, a total of 47,173 persons died of Intentional self-harm (suicide), representing 1.7 percent of all reported deaths in the United States.

In other words, deaths from firearms, alcohol-induced causes and suicide represent a similar percentage of all deaths to that of reported abortions at or beyond twenty-one weeks.

Abortions at or after 21 weeks: 11,000 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate” the Guttmacher Institute are national reporting agencies for abortion statistics. While there is a wide variation in abortion totals between the two agencies, which Live Action News previously explained here, they fail to summarize the number of abortions committed in just the third trimester, categorizing abortions committed at or greater than 21 weeks together. Despite this flaw, what both reporting agencies tell us about abortions by gestation is that abortions committed at or beyond 21 weeks are far from insignificant. They represent:

  • 5,597 late abortions in 2015 (CDC).
  • 11,210 (estimated) late abortions in 2017 (Guttmacher).

Guttmacher’s abortion numbers are considered more comprehensive than data reported by the CDC, because Guttmacher surveys actual abortion facilities or providers; therefore, Live Action News has concluded the 1.3% of reported abortions committed at or after 21 weeks represented over 11,000 abortions (30 preborn babies aborted late in pregnancy daily) in just 2017.

Abortion procedures used at this stage include D&E — a violent dismemberment abortion — described in the video below. Another form is called induction abortion. Read more about that gruesome procedure here.

 

Babies aborted at/or greater than 21 weeks represent a time…

  • … when it has been documented that a preborn child feels pain. (However, each preborn child killed by abortion is a human person who should be protected whether they can sense of pain or not.)
  • … preborn babies could be nearing or at a gestational age where they might potentially survive.

Recent research (Jama Network March 26, 2019, and Medical Express, March 26, 2019) has documented that babies delivered younger than 24 or 23 weeks are potentially able to survive. And, according to research published by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a study in Sweden found that the survival rate among babies born prematurely has nearly doubled from 10 years ago. They claim survival rates for babies born prematurely at 22 weeks who were treated with intensive care have increased from 29% in 2004 to 58% in 2016.

Image: Charlotte Lozier stat on fetal survival rates at 22 weeks

Charlotte Lozier stat on fetal survival rates at 22 weeks

While the media continues to accept abortion advocates’ claims that babies aborted later in pregnancy are a “small percentage” and are killed mainly due to some kind of  health reason (instead of simply being delivered early) or never survive failed abortions, evidence to the contrary continues to mount.

Live Action News previously documented:

  • Abortion training lectures from the University of California, San Francisco, claim women who abort later in pregnancy do NOT do so for primarily health reasons.
  • Abortion staffers testify to having witnessed late abortions committed for non medical reasons.
  • Abortion providers admit late abortions are committed on healthy babies.
  • Live Action’s undercover cameras captured chilling admissions of abortionists committing late-term abortions for non-medical reasons.
  • Undercover recordings by Abortion Free New Mexico and Priests for Life captured a late-term abortion facility staffer telling a “healthy woman posing as 25 weeks pregnant” that they would “euthanize the fetus.”
  • Others calling late-term abortion facilities have recorded casual reasons for scheduling later abortions.
  • An unearthed media report revealed that the abortion industry has commonly deceived the media and public on reasons and numbers of gruesome later abortion procedures.
  • Babies are sometimes born alive during later abortions.

The next time you hear someone in the media claiming that a “small number” of abortions are committed after the first trimester or an even smaller number after viability, remember that no loss of life — including the loss from abortion —  should be treated as insignificant.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Answering the most common questions: Who gets abortions, how many, and why?

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Reason, Abortion stats, Abortion trimester, Abortion weeks gestation, Black Abortion Stats, Hispanic Abortion Stats, Late term abortion, Late term abortion reasons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2019 by saynsumthn

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Live Action and Live Action News frequently receive questions about the abortion issue. One of the most common is about how the United States track statistics on abortion — who’s getting them, how many they’re getting, and why they’re getting them. Below is information to help answer some of those questions.

How abortion data is collected: 

There are two national groups that collect data on abortion, and there are a number of differences in the two reporting agencies.

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) collects information the states provide, but due to a wide variety of state requirements on abortions, CDC fails to report abortion numbers for a number of states. In 2015, the CDC reported a total of 638,169 total abortions. Live Action News’ analysis of those numbers is here.
  • Guttmacher numbers are more comprehensive since they gather their information from a number of contacts directly with abortion providers. In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reported a total of 862,320 abortions. Live Action News’ analysis of those numbers is here.

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Abortion stats in USA race gestation reason

Abortions by race:

  • As of September 2019, the most current data on abortions by race from Guttmacher is from 2014 and is limited to only the percentage of abortions. Read our analysis here.
  • As of September 2019, the CDC’s most current numbers for race/ethnicity are from 2015 but only include 30 reporting areas. Read our analysis here.
  • Planned Parenthood committed nearly 40% of all abortions in 2017. But they don’t break down their abortion numbers by race.

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The reasons given for abortion:

Not all states report abortion data, and only a few states require “reasons” to be given; therefore, this data is extremely limited.

  • To date, Live Action News has not reviewed the most recent state reports on abortions for “reasons.” Our most recent analysis was conducted in 2018 and some of these numbers have since been updated. Read it here.
  • Our friends over at the Charlotte Lozier Institute regularly analyze state reports on abortion as they are published and you can scroll through those reports by state here.

Abortion data by gestation (late-term abortion): 

Guttmacher’s latest report (2017) specifies that two-thirds of abortions took place at eight weeks or earlier, and the graph below (2016) gives us some indication on the numbers of later abortions. Using Guttmacher’s reported abortion numbers for 2017, we discover that over 100,000 (100,891) abortions took place in the second trimester or later.

  • 8 weeks or less (65.4%) – 563,957 abortions
  • 9-10 weeks (14.7%) – 126,761 abortions
  • 11-12 weeks (8.2%) – 70,710 abortions
  • 13-15 weeks (6.3%) – 54,326 abortions
  • 16-20 weeks (4.1%) – 35,355 abortions
  • At or greater than 21 weeks (1.3%) – 11,210 abortions

Image: Guttmacher 2016 abortion by trimester (Graph: Guttmacher Institute)

Guttmacher 2016 abortion by trimester (Graph: Guttmacher Institute)

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What about Roe v. Wade? Does it really permit abortions in all months of pregnancy?

  • On the federal level, Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, have made it clear that abortions in all months of pregnancy for “health reasons” are legal.
  • “Health” is an ambiguous term which may include a host of reasons, including familial, financial, and emotional health.
  • Live Action News previously reported, “As defined by the Supreme Court’s rulings in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, “health” can mean “physical, emotional, psychological, familial”…. These provisions—which are rarely mentioned by media outlets—provide broad leeway to perform abortions in practically every case….”

The “health exception”:

  • The abortion industry has admitted that abortion later in pregnancy is frequently committed on healthy babies.
  • In 2008, during the Feminist Majority Foundation’s annual Women’s Leadership Conferencelate-term abortionist George Tiller conceded that late abortions are legal under the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions: “[…W]e are able to use the wide definition and the full implementation of Roe v Wade decision which allows us to do post viability terminations of pregnancy. When read appropriately, the Roe versus Wade decision and the Bolton decisions says that, ‘A physician may use his judgement in determining all factors of a woman’s health, physical health, mental health, emotional health, family health, age of the patient, safety and well being.’ That’s the definition in the Roe v. Wade and the Bolton decision… The Bolton decision goes onto say that they understand that this allows wide latitude for the women…” Tiller later admitted that he had done abortions “up to the day before delivery.”
  • Late-term abortionist Warren Hern, author of “the nation’s most widely used textbook on abortion standards and procedures,” declared, “I say every pregnancy carries a risk of death,” and “I will certify that any pregnancy is a threat to a woman’s life and could cause grievous injury to her physical health.” (Source: Live Action News)
  • A teaching module published by an abortion training program at the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health reveals that physical health is almost never given as a reason for why a woman aborts after the first trimester.
  • Live Action News previously documented that, according to recently unearthed testimony from a 2015 court case, Planned Parenthood considers all abortions “medically necessary.”
  • The media knows that late abortions are often committed on healthy babies. All too often instead of reporting the facts, the media chooses to publish the abortion lobby’s talking points, as documented during the debate over so-called partial birth abortion.

Which states restrict whether minors can obtain abortions?

  • Parental consent and/or notification is legislated at the state level.
  • To locate state laws, inquire with local pro-life groups or research the statutes in each state.
  • Guttmacher Institute publishes a general review of state statutes here.

What are the abortion laws in your state?

  • A number of states are expanding abortion through Reproductive Health Acts, and Live Action News has previously covered many of these changes.
  • In addition, Guttmacher, the former research arm and “special affiliate” of Planned Parenthood, publishes an overview of state abortion laws on a fairly regular basis. The most recent report is here.

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