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Alexandra DeSanctis @xan_desanctis
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It has become even clearer to me today that a whole lot of pro-choice people sincerely believe late-term abortions only happen to save a mother's life. Sadly, this is not true.
This subject really merits a longer article, and I've written about it a little in relation to the 20-week abortion ban Congress considered this term. But a few quick points.
"Mother's health" exemptions are often invoked to argue that late-term abortions are always medically necessary. But ever since abortion was legalized, abortion-rights jurisprudence has defined "mother's health" incredibly expansively.
In Doe v. Bolton—the companion case to Roe v. Wade—the Court defined Roe's "mother's health" exception as "physical, emotional, psychological, [and] familial" health. Three out of four of these reasons have nothing to do with medical necessity.
Many people think abortion should be legal to save a mother's life. When people say late-term abortions are for a woman's "health," that's what they think of. But under the Doe definition of "health," a woman can have a late-term abortion for any number of elective reasons.
"Emotional or psychological health" could easily be used to justify an abortion for a woman who says she isn't ready for a child. "Familial health" could be used to justify an abortion for a woman whose husband wants her to abort or whose finances aren't in order. And so on.
The idea that 20-week and even later-term abortions only happen when a woman is *literally* dying is a fiction invented by the pro-abortion movement to convince pro-choice people to support expansive abortion rights. Many of them probably sincerely believe it.
In many, many of the medical complications that could occur late in pregnancy, it's possible to at least attempt to deliver the child and help it survive, if the pregnancy is endangering the mother's life.
It is *never* medically necessary to lethally inject and/or dismember a child in the womb. Delivering a life-threatening pregnancy early is one thing. Directly and intentionally killing the fetus is something completely different. Late-term abortions are the latter.
In January, Democratic senators lined up on the floor to oppose the 20-week abortion ban. They read story after story about women facing tragic pregnancies. They claimed that countless women will die if they can't have late-term abortions. It's simply not true.
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