late term abortion

If you’re anti-abortion, you think you’re saving babies. If you’re pro-choice, you think you’re saving us all from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It can sometimes feel like there’s not much wiggle room on either side.

So I’m not here to force you into accepting New York’s newest abortion bill, which loosens regulations on abortions performed after 24 weeks in cases of an “absence of fetal viability” or that it’s “necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” Prioritizing the health and safety of women — abhorrent, right?

I just want to get the facts straight. After we all comprehend what we’re arguing about, we can get back to trolling each other on the internet. But first, let’s get on the same page.

For starters, this isn’t a huge leap from the laws previously set regarding abortion in New York. The law had previously allowed for abortion after 24 weeks only if the life of the mother was at stake; now it’s the life and health of the mother. And we aren’t talking about substantial numbers of abortions here. The Guttemacher Institute reports that only a little over one percent of abortions are performed at over 21 weeks.

Also, for the record, late-term abortion isn’t even the right term. According to Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president of health policy at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, late-term abortions would qualify as an abortion past 41 weeks gestation, and are not performed anywhere.

Last and most obvious, does the new bill permit infanticide? No. Infanticide and murder laws are already a thing, as they should be. I end this fact with a resounding, “Duh.”

OK, I know I said I wasn’t going to push my opinion, but I lied. I’m sorry, I have an insatiable impulse to rant and, in my defense, this is an opinion column.

But seriously, gang. Who are these women who want to carry a fetus for eight months and then call it quits? Furthermore, who are these doctors enabling it? How many people in the world do you actually think want to kill viable fetuses for sport? Do you really want these people to be parents?

If you really think you know someone who would have an abortion later in pregnancy for fun, avoid that person and maybe contact an authority figure.

Having a second or third trimester abortion is not something that anyone takes lightly. It’s a painted nursery and a pink giraffe nobody’s going to snuggle. It’s milk coming from your body and nobody to feed it to. It’s traumatic, devastating and none of your fucking business.

I get that if you’re anti-abortion, you think you’re saving babies. What’s important to understand is that by opposing New York’s law, you are just antagonizing women and families who are facing the most difficult and painful experience of their lives. Ignore the talking heads on Fox News haphazardly throwing around words like “infanticide.” They are (virtually always) trying to scare you.

If you honestly don’t think that abortions should be performed in order to save a woman’s life (or save her from the devastation of giving birth to a dead or dying baby), you are lacking basic human empathy, and you need to re-examine your priorities. Like I said, I just want the facts straight.