The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute has updated its statistics on abortion reporting in the United States, and it proves that Americans know next to nothing about abortion reasons and complications in individual states or the nation as a whole. And there is an obvious reason for this.
States are not required to report abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, some states choose to do so. To collect the data, those states provide a form to abortion providers which, according to Guttmacher, often requires the name of the abortion facility and the abortionists, the demographic characteristics of the patient (race, ethnicity, marital status), and the type of abortion procedure used. Some of the reports are “confidential” but most actually require very little information to be reported.
According to Guttmacher, only about half of all states (28) currently require abortion providers to report complications from abortions, making it impossible for the abortion industry to truthfully claim abortion is safe for women. Abortion complications can include uterine perforation, perforation of other organs, incomplete abortion, infection, hemorrhaging, infertility, and even death. Yet, Americans have no idea how often these injuries occur because of spotty state reporting and the lack of any federal requirement to report them.
The pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue works with pro-life sidewalk counselors to keep record of when abortion facilities call ambulances for patients injured during abortions. There are numerous 911 calls made from abortion facilities in the United States and the ones Operation Rescue reports are just a fraction of the actual number of emergencies that occur during abortions in the U.S. Major media outlets have repeatedly failed to cover even the most horrific injuries, helping the abortion industry in their massive coverup of abortion complications in America.
Reasons for abortion
Just as with abortion complications, Americans are largely in the dark about the reasons why women undergo abortions. Only 16 states require abortionists to provide the reason a woman undergoes an abortion — and those states are not consistent in their specifications:
- Ten ask if the abortion was sought because of a threat to the mother’s health or life.
- Seven ask if the abortion was sought because of rape or incest.
- Fifteen ask if the abortion was sought because of a diagnosis for the preborn child.
- Nine ask if the abortion was sought for other reasons, such as financial or familial concerns.
The claim that women have abortions late in pregnancy only for health reasons is false. Late-term abortions are rarely done for so-called medical reasons because deliberately killing a preborn child is never medically necessary.
Understanding the real reasons women have abortions can actually help to end abortion. Knowing the reasons can lead to providing women with real help and solutions to navigate and rise above their circumstances without being told they have to kill their children to succeed.
Abortionists have admitted that viability is a moving target for them, though babies as young as 21 weeks are capable of surviving outside the womb with medical care. Yet, only six states even ask if the baby was viable at the time of the abortion. With no true knowledge of how old babies are when they are aborted, there is no way to know if abortion restrictions are even being followed by the abortion industry in non-reporting states.
The abortion industry is the wild west of the medical field — a dangerous, unregulated, deadly business of which the assailants feel justified to commit their atrocities. Abortionists — even the worst of them — are rarely held accountable, and women and children are paying the price.
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