More than 55,000 abortions at 15 weeks gestation or later take place each year in the U.S. That’s over 150 late-term abortions per day — That’s almost seven elementary school classrooms of kids per day.
The most recent state-level data shows that the majority of late-term abortions are performed for elective reasons.
Less than 1% were done for the tragic cases of a life-threatening health issue, rape, or incest.
Even the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute admits that “data suggests that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
Summary: Second Trimester Abortion by Reason
In the 1970s, ultrasound images were black and white dots. Today, they are 3D and 4D. As our ability to observe unborn babies has advanced, so has scientific knowledge advanced.
Ultrasound scan from 1965 showing the heads of twins1; Modern ultrasound2
Science has advanced considerably since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. But in 2022, modern technology allows us to observe more about life in the womb than ever before. We know that by 15 weeks, children in the womb have fully formed noses and lips, eyelids and eyebrows; they can suck their thumbs; and they feel pain. Yet the United States remains in the company of just a handful of countries, including China and North Korea, that permit late-term abortion on demand. By contrast, 47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion prior to 15 weeks.
The viability standard is highly outdated. In the nearly five decades since Roe was decided, science and technology have revealed much more about fetal development. Below you will find amazing facts about the development of a 15-week-gestation fetus.
These facts on fetal development were taken from 15 Facts at 15 Weeks, a report by Charlotte Lozier Institute associate scholar Katrina Furth, Ph.D.
The Pro-Life Movement stands ready to come alongside pregnant moms and their children and families to provide the resources they need to thrive. A 2019 study found that more than 2,700 pro-life pregnancy centers nationwide served almost two million people at an estimated value of nearly $270 million.
The American people recognize that the court-imposed viability standard is inhumane. They side with the accelerating scientific advancements that confirm the humanity of the unborn, and reject abortion extremism.
I'm an OB-GYN. Over the course of my career, I have delivered thousands of babies. I regret that during early training, I performed dozens of abortions. As I gained wisdom and insight, I realized that there were really two patients: the mom, and the child developing inside.Dr. John Bruchalski, M.D.Obstetrician-Gynecologist
I will continue standing with the people of my state — women and men, black and white, Republican and Democrat — who desire better for women and children.Katrina JacksonDemocratic State Senator
It's a difficult thought, but my life may not have mattered. I could have been an abortion. I am so grateful that my birth mom chose adoption. I'm grateful she chose life. For someone to think it's ok to have an abortion all the way through nine months, that's extreme.Annie FitzgeraldAdopted child
Fetal development is truly amazing. Since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, we've made many advancements in modern medicine. The scientific data that Roe v. Wade was based upon is antiquated. I think that the law should reflect the science.Dr. Casey Delcoco, M.D.Family Medicine Physician
You wouldn't go to the hospital and accept technology and treatments from 1973, so why should the unborn fall victim to outdated laws that don't reflect 50 years of knowledge about their humanity? The science is clear. At 15 weeks, surgeons use anesthesia when operating to save these babies.Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.Author, “The Perinatal Revolution”