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Busting Myths: Abortion Late in Pregnancy


Confused by anti-choice rhetoric about abortions late in pregnancy?Concerned about why you are hearing anti-choice individuals condemning abortion providers for their role in infanticide? Wondering what exactly abortions late in pregnancy are?

Well, The Asterisk is here to clear things up. Read on for a list of myths that you might be hearing about abortions late in pregnancy...and the facts.

Myth: Late-term abortion is a medically accurate term.

Late-term abortion is actually a political term, generally used by opponents of abortion, that refers to abortions that happen after 21 weeks.

Myth: Abortions late in pregnancy are common.

Actually, abortions late in pregnancy are very rare. Abortions after the 21-week mark comprise just about 1.3 percent of all abortions, and the percent of abortions after the 24-week mark is under 1 percent.

Myth: All people who have abortions late in pregnancy do not want to be pregnant.

In reality, most abortions late in pregnancy occur because physicians have detected a fatal fetal abnormality or condition that was not able to be identified earlier in the pregnancy - or because the pregnancy poses a significant health risk for the pregnant individual.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has stated that conditions occurring late