Posted previously by Sarah Cleveland:
Let me be VERY CLEAR. Not only is there no such thing as a necessary late term abortion, but there is no such thing as a necessary abortion IN ANY TERM. I am a nationally registered ultrasound tech specializing in OB/GYN with 12+ years experience. If there is an emergency situation during the second or third trimester, the mother is rushed to the hospital where she is immediately hooked to a monitor. Her belly (the baby) is also strapped to a monitor. Vitals for BOTH MOTHER AND BABY are done. Meds are pushed. Exams are completed. Blood drawn. Contractions monitored. We have TWO patients.
If there is a true emergency (high blood pressure due to pregnancy, for example) doctors will in fact end the pregnancy to save the mother. It is called an EMERGENCY C-SECTION. The baby is out- maybe very early, but the baby is out- and cared for. The pregnancy has ended and Mom can be cared for. Isn't that the so-called point of why pro-choicers advocate for abortion? That they need to be able to "terminate the pregnancy to save the life of the mother"? Well, here ya go. Emergencies ending in c-sections, ending the pregnancy and saving the mother, happen all the time.
You know what doesn't happen all the time? As in, like, never? An emergency abortion. There is NO SUCH THING. Never in the 9 years while working in a large hospital, often in the ER, did I hear the words, "Quick! Get me forceps and suction! This woman needs an emergency abortion STAT!" Why did I never hear these words? Because emergency abortions don't exist.
A late term abortion (often considered beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy) is a 2-3 day procedure. The baby is bigger, the cervix needs dilated and softened, and the "procedure" is more involved. The mother is sent away after day 1 of the abortion only to come back on day 2 or day 3 to complete the expulsion of her dead baby. What life threatening emergency takes 3 days to treat as an outpatient procedure? NONE. A true late term pregnancy emergency would be taken care of in a 20 minute c-section in a hospital, as stated above. In no true emergency is any mother making an appointment: "Yeah, hi. I am having an emergency. I might be dying. I need to have an abortion please... Sure, next Tuesday at 9 sounds great. See you then.. Thanks!" Are you kidding me?! Are people even thinking this through?
Don't believe the lies. There is no need for late term abortion. There is no need for an emergency abortion. There is no need for #abortion. Period.