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 Weeks 1-13 weeks LMP Second Trimester: 14 Weeks
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“THE DISMEMBERMENT METHOD”
13 Weeks 1-13 weeks LMP
a) Initial half = 7 weeks 14-20 weeks LMP
b) Last half = 7 weeks 21-27 weeks LMP
13 Weeks 28-40 weeks LMP
ANNUAL U.S. ABORTIONS BY GESTATION SEGMENT
1-13 Weeks 1,144,000
14-20 Weeksa) Initial half 135,350
21-27 Weeks b) Last half 20,000
28-40 Weeks 650
*Numbers rounded. Total is higher than GI est. since GI “totals” and subtotals by state are under-reported.
WHY DIVIDE SECOND TRIMESTER?
14-20 Weeks’ LMP No “Viability”
21-27 Weeks’ LMP Viability Segment
Viability Rates (Actual)
21 Weeks <0.01%
22 Weeks 21% *
23 Weeks 37% *
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 number c. 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.
CHANGES in Terms of:
MYTH LATE-TERM ABORTION IS 3RD-TRIMESTER I.E. POST-27-WEEKS LMP GESTATION
MYTH LATE-TERM ABORTION IS VERY RARE, DONE BY FEW DR’S I.E. LESS THAN 1,000
ABORTIONS A YEAR
MYTH VIABILITY OF INFANTS IN WOMB IS 3RD-TRIMESTER OR CIRCA 28-WEEKS’ GESTATION
MYTH PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN ACT 2003 (D&X) CURTAILED OR REDUCED LATE-TERM- ABORTIONS
FACT AMERICANS 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
FACT MOST LATE-TERM ABORTIONS (D&E) ARE LATE-2ND-TRIMESTER (NOT 3RD) I.E. 21–27 WKS LMP
FACT LATE-TERM ABORTIONS ARE PERFORMED IN NEARLY EVERY STATE, BY HUNDREDS OF DOCTORS
FACT LATE-TERM 2ND-TRIMESTER ABORTIONS ARE MASSIVE IN NUMBER I.E. OVER 20,000 PER YR
FACT VIABILITY OF PREMATURE-BIRTH INFANTS HAS HAPPENED AT 21 WEEKS, IS OVER 35% LIKELY AT 23 WEEKS, IS OVER 55% CERTAIN AT 24 WEEKS
FACT D&X PBA BAN ACT 2003 DID NOT REDUCE ANY ABORTIONS IN AMERICA (LATE-TERM OR OTHERWISE)
FACT D&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
(not 24, 26 or 28 weeks LMP)
PERCENT VIABLE (TO 2 YRS)
WEEKS GESTATION LMP
(of nearly 40 years ago)
40 weeks LMP
WEEKS GESTATION LMP
History of “Viability” Determination
27 weeks LMP
21/22 weeks LMP start of potential viability
13 weeks LMP