The Truth About Abortion Later in Pregnancy

Pregnant people should be the ones to make deeply personal medical decisions at every point during pregnancy – not politicians. Every pregnancy is different, and politicians’ intrusive, medically unnecessary, one-size-fits-all laws don’t work.

Barriers Delay Care

It is not always possible for someone to get an abortion as soon as they have made their decision. Many things can stand in their way.


90 percent of counties in the United States do not have an abortion provider. These counties are home to 38 percent of all women of reproductive age – more than 23 million women. Over 250 clinics have closed in recent years.


36 percent of women who have abortions later in pregnancy reported that they needed time to raise money to have the abortion. And the cost of an abortion later in pregnancy is significantly higher.


43 states have laws or policies that go beyond what is necessary to ensure patients’ safety.  This includes restrictions on clinics, medical providers, and unnecessary waiting periods.

Care Should be Determined by Health, Not Politics

Abortion care is safe at any point in pregnancy.

Fetal Health

Many fetal diagnoses aren’t detected until later in pregnancy. These diagnoses are unexpected and often come after the first trimester.

Maternal Health

Life-threatening maternal health conditions also may not develop until later in pregnancy.


Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures you can get. It is essential and time-sensitive healthcare that should not be delayed for political or medically unnecessary reasons. Patients need timely access to care, especially during a pandemic

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