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What is “late term” abortion?

The phrase “late term abortion” refers to abortions that take place after 20 weeks, or after viability — the stage at which a fetus can survive outside the womb with medical care — which is generally considered to be about 22 weeks. The phrase  “abortion later in pregnancy” is also sometimes used to refer to these abortions.

See also Why do women have late term abortions? and There’s no such thing as “late term” abortion!


Charlotte Lozier Institute. “Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion.” Updated May 16, 2022. https://lozierinstitute.org/questions-and-answers-on-late-term-abortion.

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