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Who Has An Abortion After 20 Weeks?


Health & Wellness  (tags: women, children, babies, severe birth defects, health, medicine, illness, research, risks, study )

Carrie
- 380 days ago - slate.com
The Texas House of Representatives this week passed HB2, a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. Many opponents of abortion may hope this means that all late mid-term fetuses in Texas would soon be carried to term and live healthy lives



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Jason S. (57)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:47 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Freya H. (298)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:23 pm
This is the camel's nose in the tent. We need to whack it - hard.
 

AniMae Chi (392)
Friday July 12, 2013, 7:10 pm
These people are hell bent on creating more misery.
 

Joanne Dixon (36)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 4:33 am
It isn't even really about abortion - it is about control.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:41 am
The bill is stupid and cruel. It ought to happen to every Republican Congressman's and woman's family that a baby with gross deformities is born and obliges them to put their lives on hold while they have to take care of what is essentially a lump of unconscious flesh. One wonders what kind of bill they would draft after that.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:45 am
Who has an abortion after 20 weeks? Frightened girls whose parents do not know she is pregnant.Miserable clinics that will perform an abortion for $125.00. PLANNED PARENTHOOD offices that often arrange these.for a higher fee.
This doctor gives rational reasons for not aborting, unless there are serious medical concerns. He is not speaking to urban America where one in 5 underage girls will have an abortion before she is 16.
During the Clinton years, he called this "delayed contraception". Intelligent words from the man from Arkansas - having one of the highest reported abortion rates in the country
 

Val R. (230)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:09 pm
I agree with Joanne - this is alot about control. Insurance won't so certain tests until that time - if a child is born with a defect - the family can never pay for it so the child will most likely die and the family go bankrupt - another way for the globalists to control the population - forget the word I am looking for - I don't agree with abortion though have had one and it was heart-breaking - and it wasn't that late - but without being able to eat anything that wasn't pureed, was bedridden and had to crawl to tget to the bathroom - I KNEW something was wrong - so I think they still need to be on a one-to-one case.
 

Eva C. (18)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 2:07 pm
We are no longer a free society when men are allowed to subjugate women.
 

Carrie B. (304)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 2:10 pm
Allan, did you really read the entire article?
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 3:42 pm
Allan -you are doubting the word of a doctor with respect to birth defects? With your comments, I guess are just like the president of Chile, overjoyed that a 9 yr is going to have a baby and not abort it.
 

Phyllis P. (427)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 4:41 pm
Unless it is to save the mother's life, an abortion after 20 weeks is murder. Abortion up to 12 weeks, is a stretch, but one I could feel more comfortable with. Sorry, my opinion. Respect all who voiced opinions here.
 

marie tc (166)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:13 pm
So well put Alexandra
Allan really can not agree with you on this one
Phyllis P do you really believe that to save the mothers life is the only reason to abort
I wish you would give it more thought
I respect your opinion but would like you to think a little harder on it now scans are available that can show babies who would be born deaf blind dumb crippled and deformed parents are told 1 in 10000 might be wrong would you honestly take that chance Its a hard question to answer but I can not understand any one risking bringing the sadest lump of trapped flesh into this world .
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:24 pm
I agree Joanne!!! thanks Carrie, noted
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:49 pm
I have heard of cases where doctors told women that their babies might have major birth defects. It ruined the excitement for those women to get their babies, and at the end the babies were healthy.
 

Robyn Brice (4)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:49 pm
Reading articles likes these really mystify me. Maybe because I don't live in the States. Why would anyone in their right mind pass a bill like this. Why does the government feel the need to interfere in the lives of women like this?
My daughter fell pregnant a few years back, she was very young and so we sat down and talk about it. I offered her the choices of terminating the pregnancy or her keeping the baby. She chose to keep the baby and I would help her.
When she reached not quite 20 weeks, the baby;s signs stopped. The baby had died in utero. The hospital gently explained what had happened and an abortion was quickly carried out. Since then my daughter has had a boy and then a girl.
I thank god that we were living in a country where abortion is available without all the insane conditions that are being put in place in certain states in America.
No government interference, the procedure was free because we have free healthcare and the doctors and nurses were caring professionals.
Reading about things like this make me realize how lucky the women living in this country really are.
 

Kara C. (15)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 6:04 pm
My cousins wife was pregnant and at 22 weeks they found that it had a severe brain condition. If it had been born it would have been spending life on a respirator without the mental capacity to even regognise them. They chose abortion, and that was the right decision.
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 6:46 pm
Well written article--and if required to be born, would cost the taxpayer plenty in disability care costs...
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:06 pm
Thanks for posting this excellent article, Carrie. I feel like a broken record, but birth control & abortion are health issues that are determined between a woman and her doctor. Period.
I had a friend in high school who was "mentally diminished" and didn't know she was pregnant until she was 5 mo. along....had to travel out-of-state to get an abortion. I couldn't ever see her raising a child. I couldn't see her ever bringing a pregnancy to term. Another friend desperately wanted a child, and finally got pregnant and was thrilled. At 20 weeks, test were performed indicating the fetus was full of tumors. It was a heartbreaking choice she had to make to terminate.
 

Carrie B. (304)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:16 pm
Thank you all for the excellent comments.
 

Anne K. (128)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 9:29 pm
Many people who are opposed to terminating fetuses eat the flesh of fully conscious sentient beings who suffer horribly before and during the process of having their throats slit to satisfy taste buds. I don't understand why people are opposed to preventing suffering via abortion, but support the suffering and killing of animals.
 

Laura H. (876)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 9:36 pm
Thank you Anne.
I am a vegan and pro-life; I am pro choice. Women know what is right for their bodies; their lives. The government needs to stay the HELL out of MY uterus and those of ALL women in this country! A lot of this has to do with men in power who are 'religious'...Keep YOUR religion to yourself; separation of church and state-remember?
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:25 am
Abortion is not a simple issue, and no woman ever undertakes one lightly. If abortions past 20 weeks are to be banned, women forced to carry foetuses with birth defects to term need to be promised help and support in raising those children, including money, help and respite care.
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:15 am
This is another step in the process of putting women back in their places. I agree with the others, it's about control, much like what bullies do.
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:50 am
Noted. The Republicans got their bill through because they kept pushing it no matter the opposition. You can bet on it that the next bill is in the making, grinding down abortion law in Texas even further and they'll keep doing that until they have their way, i.e no-choice. They don't care how much time, money and energy it takes, they have plenty of all of that and are not above wasting that of the taxpayers The only way to break this cycle is to vote them out.
 

Sharon W. (4)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:42 pm
Yeah, way to regulate other people´s wombs.
 

marie tc (166)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:53 pm
I have great admiration for the women and partners who made the choice to abort at 20 plus weeks because of irreparable birth defects they are brave intelligent people
How awful to live in a place that is so ignorant to a woman's also to these agony babies .
Birgit there will always be the odd human error in whatever decisions are made as I quoted in an earlier comment there is a one in ten thousand chance that the baby will not be effected God Bless the women who are strong enough to go ahead and abort and not gamble on a child's future. Its easy to say a couple will look after a disabled child but statistics show 85% of marriages brake down one way or another what happens to the child and the one parent left to cope a life of hell for both
 

Mari 's (1365)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 7:18 pm
STOP VOTING NUT CASES RELIGIOUS FREAKS INTO OUR GOVERNMENT!!!! This is about control nothing else! These bills mean nothing except more death because if women can't get a safe abortion they we get it illegally!! "Oh look honey it's another pro-lifer for WAR! Honestly! STAY OUT OF THE WOMB AND START CARING ABOUT THE LIVING!
 

Edith B. (142)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:22 pm
Government needs to stop legislating women's health. Period.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:46 pm
Why focus only on this one part of the bill (biggest money-maker derailment) when the other elements would require standardizing all clinics to the same sterile and fully-operating conditions, licensed doctors and assistants, hospital privileges, entrances/exits unlocked and wide enough to accommodate the litters of botched procedures on their way to help. How can anyone not want that for the person still alive?
 

Barbara C. (1)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:20 pm
An abortion can be performed after 6 weeks. There is no need to wait any further.
 
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