Op-ed: Late-Term Abortion Must Stop in the US

Many in the media argue that there’s no such thing as late-term abortion. But a new report confirms that thousands of unborn babies – at or past 21 weeks gestation – are destroyed in abortion each year.

On November 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its latest annual Abortion Surveillance report detailing U.S. abortion data for the years 2017 and 2018. That data revealed that 1 percent of reported abortions in 2018 were performed at or after 21 weeks gestation. While 1 percent might sound small, that figure translates to thousands of late-term abortions.

And, as the pro-life movement knows, even one abortion is too many.

The CDC counted a total of 5,341 abortions that were performed at or after 21 weeks gestation in 2018. That’s an increase from last year, where the CDC documented 5,299 abortions occurring at or after 21 weeks gestation.

These numbers are likely higher – by the thousands. While the CDC requests abortion data from 52 regions (50 states, Washington, D.C., and New York City), their participation is voluntary. The CDC organized abortions by known weeks of gestation with information from only 42 areas.

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