Tens of thousands of abortions occur after 15 weeks, when babies may feel pain, according to a September study from the Lozier Institute.
According to a fact sheet published this month, six percent of abortions occur at or after the 15-week pregnancy mark, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This represents tens of thousands of abortions per year.
“When applied to the Guttmacher Institute’s most recent estimate of 930,160 abortions nationwide in 2020, that’s about 55,800 abortions at 15 weeks or longer each year,” the study found. , though she noted that it’s hard to say for sure, as abortion statistics in the United States vary. States are required to report the numbers, but have different standards for doing so:
To produce a national estimate of abortions at 15 weeks or later, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) first reviewed abortion reports available in all reporting states. Where states reported gestational ages using broad ranges (for example, grouping abortions at 13-15 weeks gestation), the CLI estimated the percentage occurring at 15 weeks using data from states that reported gestational ages. abortions per individual gestational week.
However, the study assumed that 5% of abortions occur at or after 15 weeks in pro-life states, and this figure rises to 7% in more pro-abortion states.
The 15-week mark is particularly important because it serves as a generally accepted marker of pain for babies — a point Republican lawmakers are now arguing, less than two months before the midterm elections.
Republicans in the House, for example, last week announcement Complementary legislation to the Senate Act to Protect Unborn Children Capable of Pain from Late-Late Abortions. The bill bases the ban on abortion after 15 weeks on the baby’s ability to feel pain at that time.
The law project bed in part:
When considering the use of anesthesia for invasive medical procedures performed on the fetus, evidence has concluded that from 12 weeks and certainly 15 weeks of gestational age in the ward, the fetus is extremely sensitive to stimuli painful, making it necessary to apply analgesia and anesthesia to prevent fetal distress.
He adds :
Therefore, there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 15 weeks gestational age, if not earlier. Abortion carries significant physical and psychological risks for the pregnant woman, and these physical and psychological risks increase with gestational age.
He also points out that most abortions that occur at this stage are dismemberment abortions “which involve the use of surgical instruments to crush and tear the unborn child before removing the pieces of the dead child from the body. ‘uterus”.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is presentation an “identical bill” in the Senate as well, as Breitbart News reported:
“Should we, as a nation, abort babies who may experience excruciating pain following an abortion? he said, laying out his case for something to be done at the federal level. Such a proposal, he said, should say that after 15 weeks there should be no abortions on demand except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
If America passed such a bill, the country “would be in the mainstream of almost everyone in the world,” Graham continued, adding that he chose 15 weeks because “science tells us that nerve endings are developed to the point that the unborn child feels pain.
While states have the ability to create their own standards following the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe vs. WadeGraham said Washington lawmakers have the ability “to speak on this issue if we choose to.”
A poll by May Fox found that most Americans support banning abortion in their state after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and a Harvard poll in July found that 72% to believe abortion should also be illegal after 15 weeks.