STUDY: Over 55K Abortions Per Year Occur at 15 Weeks or Later in US


WASHINGTON DC (VINnews) — According to new research, tens of thousands of abortions take place on or after the 15-week mark.

A disturbing new study released in September from the Lozier Institute found that 6% of abortions take place at or after the 15-week pregnancy mark. That equals tens of thousands of abortions per year. The numbers are based on data from the CDC.

“When applied to the Guttmacher Institute’s most recent estimate of 930,160 abortions nationwide in 2020, this is approximately 55,800 abortions at 15 weeks or later each year,” the study found.

Although data collection is difficult due to various reasons, the study estimated that five percent of abortions occur at or after the 15-week mark in pro-life states, and seven percent in more pro-abortion states.

A bill proposed by Republicans in the Senate, entitled the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act”, seeks to ban abortions after 15 weeks, generally accepted as the point at which babies feel pain.

An excerpt of a similar bill in the House says:

“In considering the use of anesthesia for invasive medical procedures performed on the fetus, evidence has concluded that from as early as 12 weeks and certainly by 15 weeks gestational age on ward, the fetus is extremely sensitive to painful stimuli, making it necessary to apply adequate analgesia and anesthesia to prevent fetal suffering. Consequently, there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 15 weeks gestational age, if not earlier. Abortion carries significant physical and psychological risks to the pregnant woman, and these physical and psychological risks increase with gestational age.”

It also notes that most procedures at that point are dismemberment abortions “which involve the use of surgical instruments to crush and tear the unborn child apart before removing the pieces of the dead child from the womb.”

According to Breitbart News, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is introducing the Senate bill, said:

“Should we as a nation be aborting babies that can feel excruciating pain from an abortion?” he said, laying out his case for something to be done at the federal level. Such a proposal, he said, should say that after 15 weeks, there should be no abortion on demand except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother…The science tells us that the nerve endings are developed to the point that the unborn child feels pain.”

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