Doctor’s Response to Pro-life Advocates Destroys Myths About Late-term Abortions

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The bill, known as The Reproductive Health Act was passed on the 46th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision, and replaces the previous law that only enabled abortion after 24 weeks if the woman’s life was undoubtedly at risk. Under the new law, abortions fall under health statutes instead of penal codes, which effectively decriminalizes them. Also, midwives and physician assistants are permitted to perform the procedure in certain cases.

Because the new law technically allows abortion up until full gestation, the backlash has been strong. While the actual purpose of the law is to protect women from losing their lives or major health complications, the rhetoric against the bill has painted a picture of women randomly deciding to terminate a late-term pregnancy on a whim.

In order to lend a professional perspective, the gynecologist Jennifer Gunter shared the reality of late term abortions with her Twitter followers.

Gunter’s thread was powerful and it inspired some people to share their experiences.