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There is no exact definition of “late term abortion.”  Even within the abortion provider community, there is no agreement.  Many people, however, generally refer to a “late term abortion” as one that occurs after the 20th week of gestation.

One thing that is agreed upon is that late term abortions are relatively rare.  For example, the most recent statistics indicated that 6.2% of all abortions were conducted from 13 to 15 weeks, 4.2% from 16 to 20 weeks, and 1.4% at or after 21 weeks.  And, in 1997, it was estimated that the number of abortions in the U.S. past 24 weeks was 1,032 per year.

In 1987, the Alan Guttmacher Institute asked 420 women who had abortions after 16 weeks why they had not obtained an abortion earlier.  The results were as follows:

71% Woman didn’t recognize she was pregnant or misjudged gestation
48% Woman found it hard to make arrangements for abortion
33% Woman was afraid to tell her partner or parents
24% Woman took time to decide to have an abortion
8% Woman waited for her relationship to change
8% Someone pressured woman not to have abortion
6% Something changed after woman became pregnant
6% Woman didn’t know timing is important
5% Woman didn’t know she could get an abortion
2% A fetal problem was diagnosed late in pregnancy
11% Other

Generally speaking, in the United States a woman can receive an abortion up to 24 weeks with not much difficulty (once she finds the abortion doctor).  Of course, abortion providers would prefer that women obtain abortions earlier rather than later as the later abortions are more difficult emotionally for the woman and more complicated for the abortion doctor.

As for post-viability abortions, there are only a handful of abortion doctors who will perform this surgery.  To obtain a list of those physicians, consult www.abortion.com

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51 Responses to “Late Abortion”

  1. Arlene Says:

    I am not for Late Abortion

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    1. Cassandra Says:

      I had a late abortion and everything was fine.
      The late abortion was because the baby had a chemical disorder that it would not survive after birth. The late abortion was notvnearly as difficult as I thought it would be.

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      1. Sandy L. Says:

        I will always support the right of access to late abortion.

        It is a woman’s right to choose late abortion.

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        1. Clarence Says:

          I wish Mifeprex worked for late abortion.

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          1. Mindy, OH State Says:

            It does not work for late abortion.
            But late abortion must stay legal.

            Late abortion is a woman’s choice.

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            1. Late Abortion is the proper choice for a late abortion Says:

              Late abortion is essential to women’s health.

              You are correct, late abortion must remain legal.

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            2. Crystal, CA Says:

              Late abortion is critical to remain legal and safely available. I also thank the few late abortion providers that have not been assassinated by Christians terrorists.

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            3. Max, OH Says:

              We must preserve Late Abortion

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          2. Arnold Says:

            I am also thankful for the Doctors that risk their lives performing the service of late abortion.

            Late abortion prolife terrorists want to murder those innocent doctors.

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          3. Ritha, ok Says:

            How does one find a late abortion provider?

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        2. Mindy, OH State Says:

          Late abortion rights must be protected.

          To find a late abortion provider one can just call the Abortion.com phone number.

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        3. Lucy Says:

          You have shed a ray of suhnnise into the forum. Thanks!

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      2. Fiora Says:

        I am thankful there are doctors willing to do Late Abortions.

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        1. Nancy Says:

          There are not that many late abortion providers.

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          1. Pat Richards Says:

            Nancy is correct. There are really only a handful of doctors left who will do those emotionally and medically complicated abortions.

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            1. Lillian Says:

              Why? Was there not enough money in late abortion for the late abortion doctors?

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      3. Anonymous Says:

        Was it procedure or pill ?

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      4. Melonie Says:

        Where did you go for this and what was the cost?

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      5. Alexis Says:

        How many weeks were you

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    2. Don, BC, Canada Says:

      Late abortion is critical.
      We have problems even here in Canada.

      Late abortion must remain legal, I totally agree.

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    3. Sandy L. Says:

      If you are not for late abortion then don’t get a late abortion!

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    4. Tracy Says:

      This is a great resource for late abortion.

      Easy to find a late abortion provider.

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    5. Late Abortion is the proper choice for a late abortion Says:

      Thank you everyone for supporting late abortion.
      The states should not be able to take away the liberty of a woman to chose late abortion.

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    6. Pat Richards Says:

      Why not, Arlene?

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        2. David Says:

          Yup, that’ll do it. You have my apainciptroe.

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  2. Cassandra Says:

    Late abortion is a good thing, and late abortion must remain legal.

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    1. Lillian Says:

      I oppose abortion, especially late abortion!

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      1. Sharky Says:

        That’s not just logic. That’s really sesbnlie.

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        1. Stratton Says:

          ??????

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  3. debbie Says:

    If you support late abortion or any type you’re disgusting

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    1. Pat Richards Says:

      Well, Debbie, that’s putting it bluntly. I assume that I tried to engage you in a civil dialogue, you would do so?

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    2. Lillian Says:

      I agree and the answer is yes.

      Pat do you support the right to a late abortion at 28 weeks without medical reasons?

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      1. Pat Richards Says:

        No I dont, Lillian. I personally believe you should be able to get an abortion that late only if the woman’s life was endangered, it it was a result of rape or incest, if the woman’s health was severely in danger and if there was a fetal abnormality. Bottom line is after 24-25 weeks you should not be able to walk into a clinic no questions asked and have an abortion. What do you think about my reasons for letting her have the abortion?

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  4. Jen Says:

    You people sicken me…

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    1. Pat Richards Says:

      I am sorry, Jen, that you feel that way. I’d love to understand where you are coming from on this issue. It’s a very difficult issue, but having worked with clinics and the women who visit them for so many years, I have some insight into what is going on. Maybe if you gave me a little more of your thoughts, we could have a civil conversation. My goal would not be to try to convert you, but maybe you might understand more about this tough situation. And I might learn from you….

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  6. Adam Says:

    This is frightening and disturbing

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  7. Zoe galvez Says:

    I’m 28 weeks and I haven’t felt kicking anymore but my stomach if a little big, I live in Cali . Can they do emergency abortions near OC and la ?

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  8. I am 25 weeks and need an abortion can you help me please ?

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  9. Shelyka Vicente Says:

    I need it. I am 20 weeks pregnant and i dont know what to do. Im in the Philippines. Please help me 😦

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  10. Lou Says:

    I’m 25 weeks and really need abortion what should I do

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  11. Charity Wilder Says:

    Hi I’m currently in a bit of a situation I am currently pregnant and the father of the baby doesn’t want me to adopt out the baby. He is an unfit parent who is unemployed and lives in a hostile environment and who is addicted to drugs. I stay with my mom. I am in no position to take care of another child. He doesn’t want me to have the baby. I’m trying to find a clinic to have a late term abortion

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