Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) said in a statement today regarding the discharge petition to get HF 657, the late term abortion ban, out of committee that “second trimester abortions are almost always a decision by a woman that desperately wants to be pregnant but something has gone tragically wrong with her pregnancy.”

Wrong, wrong, wrong… that is what the pro-abortion lobby and the politicians who love them would have you believe.  They couldn’t be further from the truth as the study “Consequences to Women’s Health of Late-Term Abortion” shows by pointing to research done by the Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood).  The truth is the vast majority of late-term abortions are performed for socioeconomic reasons:

  • 71%–Women did not realize she was pregnant
  • 48%–Difficulty making arrangements for the abortion
  • 33%–Afraid to tell parents or partner
  • 24%–Needed time to make the decision
  • 8%–Hoped their relationship would change

Fetal abnormalities or women’s health considerations are rarely the reason for undergoing a late-term abortion.

HT: Jen Bowen, Iowa Right to Life

3 comments
  1. Interesting study and I’ll admit I’m surprised that health reasons weren’t listed at all. That said, given that most women who seek abortions after 16 weeks are significantly more likely to be under age 18,
    Black, unemployed, and/or poor, rather than simply outlawing such abortions it looks like some serious attention needs to go toward improving the support available to these young women.

  2. Similarly, the pro-abortion lobby insists that abortion must be allowed for the sake of women who have been victims or rape and/or incest. CDC statistics, though, prove that such cases are a fraction of 1% of the total pregnancies in the US.

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