Facts about later abortion

Recommended studies on later abortion | Countering misinformation | Additional peer-reviewed publications | Other publications related to later abortion

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Women need abortions later in pregnancy for many reasons. Excellent studies have documented some of these reasons, including social trauma as the cause of the pregnancy (rape) or desire to end the pregnancy (changed life circumstance), diagnosis of fetal anomaly, and delays in finding an appropriate service provider:

Countering misinformation

The questions of fetal painviability and of the effects of abortion on mental health have been subject to widespread misrepresentation of the scientific evidence. To counter this misinformation, we’ve provided a more extensive resource list on these topics. In addition, ANSIRH has launched its own research program on the social and emotional aspects of abortion.

Additional peer-reviewed publications on later abortion
(list in formation):

Other publications related to later abortion:


A note on terminology and “late-term abortion”:

The terminology used to discuss abortions after the first trimester varies enormously. There is no agreement in the law or in the medical community about what constitutes the limit of the second trimester, for example. In scholarly journals, these abortions are variously referred to as “mid-trimester abortion,” “second-trimester abortion” (which is used to describe abortions up to 24 weeks or up to 27 weeks, depending on the writer or the state law) and late abortion. Within the mainstream media, the phrase “late-term abortion” is often used in articles about abortion policy and advocacy. These competing terms do not provide accurate clinical descriptions or contribute to public knowledge about abortion care and the differences at various stages of gestation. It is for this reason that we do not use the phrase “late-term abortion” here, and recommend against its use. Instead, we use and recommend the phrase “later abortion” to identify any pregnancy termination after 17 weeks of gestational age.