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THE UNKNOWN D&E. FACTS & FIGURES FOR LATE-TERM 2 ND -TRIMESTER D&E ABORTION IN AMERICA “THE DISMEMBERMENT METHOD”. Reference: www.savingtheviables.com. GESTATION SEGMENTS OF ABORTION.  First Trimester: 13 Weeks1-13 weeks LMP  Second Trimester: 14 Weeks

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The unknown d e

  • THE UNKNOWN D&E

  • FACTS & FIGURES FOR LATE-TERM 2ND-TRIMESTER

  • D&E ABORTION IN AMERICA

    “THE DISMEMBERMENT METHOD”

Reference: www.savingtheviables.com


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GESTATION SEGMENTS OF ABORTION

 First Trimester:

13 Weeks1-13 weeks LMP

 Second Trimester:

14 Weeks

a) Initial half = 7 weeks14-20 weeks LMP

b) Last half = 7 weeks21-27 weeks LMP

 Third Trimester:

13 Weeks28-40 weeks LMP


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ANNUAL U.S. ABORTIONS BY GESTATION SEGMENT

  • First Trimester:

    1-13 Weeks1,144,000

  • Second Trimester:

    14-20 Weeksa) Initial half 135,350

    21-27 Weeks b) Last half 20,000

  • Third Trimester:

    28-40 Weeks 650

    TOTAL*1,300,000

*Numbers rounded. Total is higher than GI est. since GI “totals” and subtotals by state are under-reported.


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WHY DIVIDE SECOND TRIMESTER?

  • a) Initial Half:

    14-20 Weeks’ LMPNo “Viability”

  • b) Last Half:

    21-27 Weeks’ LMPViability Segment

    Viability Rates (Actual)

    21 Weeks<0.01%

    22 Weeks 21% *

    23 Weeks 37% *

  • 24 Weeks 56%

  • 25 Weeks 78%

  • 26 Weeks >98%

  • 27 Weeks 100%

  • *with mechanical ventilation @ NICU’s.

  • SOURCE (Nat’l Research Network Study funded by US NICH & HS, at 17 US university hospitals.)


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METHODS OF ABORTION AT 21-27 WEEKS’ SEGMENT

D&X “Partial Birth” Abortion (Intact Dilation & Extraction)

Banned by Federal Law 2003, upheld by Supreme Court 2007

*then-annual numberc. 3,000/yr.

D&E “Dismemberment” Abortion (Dilation & Evacuation)

Called “Classical Method”, for destruction of maturely-formed infants.

*current annual number (21-plus-weeks lmp)c. 20,000/yr.


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INFANT VIABILITY HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY SINCE 1970s

CHANGES in Terms of:

  •  “Legislative Understanding”

  •  “Medical Re-Evaluation”

  •  Actual Medical Studies’ Results *

  • UK 1960s Govt. Basis for UK Abortion Act re Viability28 Weeks LMP

  • US Early 1970’s Legislative Basis/Roe v. WadeThird Trimester/28 Weeks

  • ____________________________________________________________________________

  • BUT… MAJOR CHANGES have occurred in 35/40 years vis-à-vis Viability:

  • Current Factual Rates of Survivability (to 1 year and beyond) –

  • A few persons born @ 21 Weeks 6 days are alive and well

  • Extreme preterm infants born @ 22 Weeks – 21% surviving

  •  Those born in U.S. NICUs at 23 Weeks – 37% surviving

  •  Born at 24 Weeks – 56% surviving

  •  Born at 25 Weeks – 78% surviving

  •  Born at 26 Weeks - >98% surviving

  • *UK EPICure Nation-wide Studies, 1995 & 2006, percentages are lower at 22/23 wks: percentages shown above are U.S. Nat’l Research Network Study, NICHHS, 4500 births.


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  • CONFUSED STATEMENTS, CONFUSING POSITIONS

  • Some examples:

    • Rev. Thomas J. Enteneuer, President, Human Life International – “do not become absorbed in the quest for a political solution to abortion…do not waste any more energy on overturning Roe…let’s focus on more productive things…” 08/21/2009

    • Wanda Franz, Ph.D., President, National Right To Life – “…your letter (re) late-term abortions…banning third-trimester abortions is, in practice, impossible to do.” 10/21/2009

    • D. Johnson, NRL Legislative Director – “…opponents of the Bill (HR1122, 1997, to ban Partial Birth Abortion) have insisted on three different pseudo-medical terms; dilation & extraction, intact dilation & extraction, intact dilation & evacuation: …the term ‘intact dilation & evacuation’ should not be confused with ‘dilation & evacuation’ –D&E- a procedure used to perform 2nd-trimester abortions involving dismemberment of the baby while still in the uterus…HR1122 does not apply to this method –D&E- at all.” 6/19/1997

    • Guttmacher Institute – Legal Considerations – “In Roe v, Wade, 1973, the (Supreme) Court ruled that after fetal viability the state has acquired a ‘compelling interest in potential life’ and could prohibit abortion altogether ‘except where it is necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother…viability was set as the ‘compelling’ point ‘because the fetus then presumably has the capacity for meaningful life outside the mother’s womb.” 01/1997

    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976 Ruling PP of Missouri v Danforth – “the time when viability is achieved may vary with each pregnancy…determination whether a fetus is viable is a matter for the judgment of the attending physician…it is not the function of the legislature or the courts to place viability at a specific point in the gestation period.”

    • R. Blumenthal, Attorney General’s Opinion – “we conclude that medically necessary abortions should be covered under Husky B…” (this opinion overruled the CT Dept. of Social Services’ intention ‘to adhere to the restrictions on abortion services coverage that are in federal law and will cover only those abortions that are necessary to saver the life of the mother). In other words, the CT AG ruled that all abortions including late term could be performed and covered under Husky B on the basis of being necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother. Opinion 11/16/1998


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MOST AMERICANS THINK (& MEDIA PRESENTS) . . .

MYTHLATE-TERM ABORTION IS 3RD-TRIMESTER I.E. POST-27-WEEKS LMP GESTATION

MYTHLATE-TERM ABORTION IS VERY RARE, DONE BY FEW DR’S I.E. LESS THAN 1,000

ABORTIONS A YEAR

MYTHVIABILITY OF INFANTS IN WOMB IS 3RD-TRIMESTER OR CIRCA 28-WEEKS’ GESTATION

MYTHPARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN ACT 2003 (D&X) CURTAILED OR REDUCED LATE-TERM-ABORTIONS

FACTAMERICANS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT D&E “CLASSIC” LATE-TERM ABORTION IS, ITS

PROCEDURE, OR FREQUENCY

MISCONCEPTION: ABORTIONS CAN NOT BE REDUCED BY FEDERAL LAW OR CONSTITUTIONAL

AMENDMENT

  • 1. WHY “THE UNKNOWN D&E? THE MYTHS


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DESPITE THE MEDIA, THE FACTS ARE . . .

FACTMOST LATE-TERM ABORTIONS (D&E) ARE LATE-2ND-TRIMESTER (NOT 3RD) I.E. 21–27 WKS LMP

FACTLATE-TERM ABORTIONS ARE PERFORMED IN NEARLY EVERY STATE, BY HUNDREDS OF DOCTORS

FACTLATE-TERM 2ND-TRIMESTER ABORTIONS ARE MASSIVE IN NUMBER I.E. OVER 20,000 PER YR

FACTVIABILITY OF PREMATURE-BIRTH INFANTS HAS HAPPENED AT 21 WEEKS, IS OVER 35% LIKELY AT 23 WEEKS, IS OVER 55% CERTAIN AT 24 WEEKS

FACTD&X PBA BAN ACT 2003 DID NOT REDUCE ANY ABORTIONS IN AMERICA (LATE-TERM OR OTHERWISE)

FACTD&E DISMEMBERMENT ABORTION ALWAYS WAS 7-TIMES MORE PREVALENT THAN D&X PBA ABORTION; AND ITS PROCEDURE IS EVEN MORE CRUEL, PAINFUL AND PRIMITIVE THAN D&X

CCCF ARGUMENT: LATE-TERM D&E CAN BE BANNED BY FEDERAL ACT ON EXACT SAME BASIS AS D&X WAS.

2. WHY “THE UNKNOWN D&E”? THE FACTS


New viability benchmark must be 21 22 weeks lmp

NEW VIABILITY BENCHMARK MUST BE 21/22 WEEKS LMP

(not 24, 26 or 28 weeks LMP)

PERCENT VIABLE (TO 2 YRS)

3rd Trimester

2nd Trimester

WEEKS GESTATION LMP


Science has overtaken estimates of doe roe

SCIENCE HAS OVERTAKEN ESTIMATES OF DOE & ROE

(of nearly 40 years ago)

40 weeks LMP

WEEKS GESTATION LMP

History of “Viability” Determination

3rd Tri

27 weeks LMP

28

100 %

26

24

20 %

21/22 weeks LMP start of potential viability

22

2nd Tri

13 weeks LMP

1st Tri


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