According to a new review of state abortion policies by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, very little is known about the abortions that occur in the United States because little information is requested by states.
The review notes that 46 states require hospitals, facilities, and physicians who commit abortions to submit regular and confidential reports, but the form used by the states typically only asks for the name of the facility where the abortion was committed and the person who committed it, the patient’s demographic information, the preborn child’s gestational age, and which abortion procedure was used.
Most state reporting lacks crucial information regarding the safety of abortion. This is helpful to the abortion industry, but not to women. The abortion industry claims legal abortion is safe, but this claim is based on extremely limited information.
Only 28 states require post-abortion complications be reported
Only 28 states require abortion providers to report any abortion-related complications that occur during or after abortions. This means that the abortion industry’s claims that abortion is safer than childbirth or that the abortion pill is as safe as Tylenol are completely invalid. Countless women have been severely and permanently injured or killed by abortion but there is no way to know the true number of women who have experienced those risks and complications, which include uterine perforation and hemorrhaging that can require a hysterectomy.
Only 6 states require abortionists to report if the preborn baby was viable
Just six states require abortion providers to report if a preborn baby who has been aborted was viable, meaning the child could have survived if he or she had been born prematurely and given medical care. Currently, babies have survived when born as early as 21 weeks.
Depending on the state, abortion is legal up until 40 weeks. With the majority of states not required to report the viability of children being aborted, there is no way to know if abortions are being committed on viable children who could have survived if given medical care or if abortions are being committed beyond the legal gestational age for a state.
Furthermore, only 15 states require abortionists to report when an abortion is committed because of a diagnosed fetal abnormality. Abortion advocates frequently point to fetal abnormality as one of the main reasons why late-term abortions should be legal; however, most late-term abortions are not done for medical reasons. Abortions can be committed for any reason in the U.S. up until birth including for financial and familial reasons, as specified by Roe v. Wade‘s partner decision, Doe v. Bolton.
Just 16 states require abortion providers to report a woman’s reason for her abortion, and only 14 states require abortionists to report whether state requirements concerning parental notification were met for minors undergoing abortions. Additionally, only nine states require confirmation on whether or not state-mandated counseling was provided to women before their abortions.
The abortion industry is incapable of making any valid claims about the status of abortion in America, most importantly the safety of abortion, when states are required to report little to nothing about it. The abortion industry works hard to keep Americans in the dark about the ins and outs of the business of killing children in the womb.
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