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Why do women have late term abortions?

Many people believe — and many abortion advocates claim — that late term abortions are only performed in cases involving a severe health risk to the mother or a serious anomaly. However, data from abortion providers reveals this is true for only a small minority of late term abortions.

In fact, the reasons given for the majority of these abortions are no different from those women give for their abortions much earlier in pregnancy, such as financial concerns or other personal reasons.

See also What is “late term” abortion?, What if there’s something “wrong” with the baby?, and What if a woman needs an abortion to save her life?


Foster, Diana Greene and Katrina Kimport. “Who Seeks Abortions at or After 20 Weeks?” Guttmacher Institute. November 4, 2013. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 45, no. 4 (December 2013): 210-218.

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