While discussing late-term abortions during the Presidential Third debate, Hillary Clinton said, “The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make. I have met with women who have, toward the end of their pregnancy, get the worst news one could get that their health is in jeopardy if they continue to carry to term …”
As a nurse with many years of labor and delivery experience, I must correct the bold lie being told and believed.
First, late-term abortions are sometimes referred to as “post-viability abortions”. That’s important because viability means the fetus is able to live outside the womb. So, at any time after 24 weeks gestation, which is considered the “point of viability,” a baby can be delivered to save the mother while allowing the child to live. During a late-term abortion, the child is still delivered, only it’s delivered dead rather than alive after the infant has been killed.
As a nurse, I want to be absolutely clear: If a mother’s life is in danger at any time after 24 weeks, let alone in the 9th month, the infant can be delivered via c-section to save the mother and the infant does not need to be killed “to save the mother”. Never in the 9th month would that ever be thought by most healthcare professionals. That’s not healthcare. That’s murder!
But, there’s more. We have to look at how late-term abortions are performed. Although the pregnancy ends with the death of the fetus, the baby must still be delivered though dead.
In partial-birth abortions, the baby is delivered breech, which is painful and difficult, and puts the mother’s life at great risk. So, when you hear the liberal, fear-question asked “What if the mother could die during childbirth?” it is important to know that a post-viability abortion doesn’t prevent birth. Birth is in the name, partial birth abortion. Only a c-section will prevent a vaginal birth — and for that the child does not have to be killed.