Anti-abortion lawmakers love to twist science to introduce and pass legislation that severely restricts a person’s access to abortion. Many of these bills-turned-laws deal with so-called “late-term” abortions, which happen typically after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion opponents love to evoke medically inaccurate terms like “fetal pain” or “partial birth” to justify bans on the procedure. In fact, here are just four arguments against late-term abortion and how to respond to them.
“Late-term abortion” is not actually a medical term. It’s a catchall phrase to describe the procedure when it takes place in the second and third trimesters. (The more accurate description of the procedure would be “later abortion.”) Antiabortion activists came up with the misleading term as a way to try and convince people that abortions happen all the way up to the last weeks of pregnancy. It’s worked in a lot of ways; according to the Daily Dot, 15 states have enacted laws banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Many other states have limited access to abortion so much that it becomes impossible for a pregnant person to undergo the procedure after that point.
All of these four arguments used by anti-abortion proponents are not rooted in science. So if you find yourself in a debate, here is what you need to prove them wrong.
Common Argument No. 1: “In the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother. Just prior to the birth of the baby.”
Your Response: That quote is brought to you by President Donald Trump, who made that infamous comment when discussing late-term abortions during the final presidential debate on October 19. Your response to this argument is pretty simple:
- If you “rip the baby out of the womb” in the ninth month, you are literally delivering a child. The procedure is called…