A Five-Month Abortion Limit Would Protect Women’s Health

Women’s risk for death, breast cancer, hemorrhage, and other maladies as a consequence of abortion increases at 20 weeks pregnancy and following. Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion for any reason, at any time of pregnancy, in 1973, there have been repeated incidents of late-term abortions and live-birth abortions. Before late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in Philadelphia in May 2013, a long line of late-term abortionists—including Joseph Melnick, Raymond Showery, Abu Hayat, Jesse Floyd, and Kenneth Edelin—were prosecuted for killing babies born alive after abortion. Public opinion has consistently found these incidents abhorrent for obvious reasons. Even a Huffington Post poll found majority support for a five-month limit to abortions. The Supreme Court justices thrust America into this unfortunate situation by arbitrarily legalizing abortion up to viability (and beyond) in 1973. The court’s national edict has isolated the United States as one of only four nations (including China, North Korea, and Canada) that allows abortion for any reason after fetal viability up to nine months. The Supreme Court Ignored Medical Recommendations As I found in the justices’ papers, and described at length in “Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade,” the justices had no evidentiary record by which to assess viability in the Roe v. Wade or Doe v. Bolton cases—no trials, no evidence, no medical data, no expert witnesses. No medical organization urged the justices to expand the abortion “right” as far as viability. The justices ignored common medical practice at the time that set 20 weeks as the line between an abortion and an early delivery. The justices and lawyers never addressed viability...

Abortion Regulation Protocol Presented by Abortion Providers Themselves

Some abortion centers have published their own medical “regulations” — protocol for handling unexpected emergencies during legal abortion procedures. Yet, the abortion industry as a whole spends large amounts of money every year fiercely fighting legal battles in courtrooms in order to avoid the imposition of state health department regulations on abortion centers. These are basically the same regulations by which any medical ambulatory care center must abide; the general public and the medical community would raise a very loud raucus if ambulatory care centers, or restaurants, were no longer regulated and/or periodically inspected. Yet, the abortion industry has managed to avoid regulation and inspection since abortion-on-demand became legal in the USA in 1973! As you can see by reading the self-imposed regulations below, these are certainly reasonable requirements for good medical practice. Excerpts from “Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona Condensed Abortion Protocol”, dtd 10/2000: “…These services are offered to ensure access to safe abortions to those patients who have been counseled on every phase of the abortion procedure and who are confident in their decision to terminate their pregnancy. [emphasis added] “This condensed protocol covers many of the significant considerations related to the physical facilities, supplies, equipment and personnel involved in the procedure… Physical Facilities…providing abortion services will have…adequate lighting and ventilation for abortion procedures…emergency exit to accommodate a stratcher [sic] or gurnery; facilities for sterilization of instruments. Supplies and Equipment that must be immediately available for use or in an emergency kit include…conventional surgical insturments for cervical dilation and uterine curettage, in adequate supply to permit individual sterilized instruments for each patient [emphasis added]; equipment necessary for required laboratory...