Late term abortions are rare. Only 0.4% take place after 20 weeks gestation. Late term abortions are performed when the fetus is gravely or fatally impaired or the woman’s life or physical health is at risk. The efforts of anti-abortion activists to ban late term abortions does not consider the health and well-being of either the fetus or the woman. A ban on late term abortions would infringe on a woman’s constitutional right to the security of person and must not be allowed.
The term “partial birth abortion” is not a recognized medical term. It was coined by the anti-choice movement. It is not used by the medical profession and has never appeared in a medical journal. This term should not be confused with intact dilation and extraction (D & X), a rarely used procedure reserved for late-second term and third-trimester abortions where the fetus is dying, malformed, or threatening the woman’s health or life.
#28 - Medication Abortions (Methotrexate and Misoprostol)