Data Verifying Late-Term D&E At OVER c.1.5% Of All Abortions.

Posted on August 12, 2009

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Guttmacher Research Institute reports total induced abortions in the U.S., in the year 2005, at 1,206,200 fetuses.  The Institute has periodically stated that Late-Term Abortions comprise a relatively small fraction of the total, at around 1.3%, or roughly 15,700 per year.  The Guttmacher Institute’s numbers are based on direct contact with abortion providers (clinics, hospitals, doctors):  The Institute states that its numbers may be conservative in that the information it receives is provided voluntarily and may be incomplete.

The U.S. government Centers For Disease Control (CDC/Atlanta) conducts an annual surveillance of abortion statistics, based on data as provided by individual states’ State Departments of Health.  The provision of data by the states is not mandatory, nor is the reporting format uniform.  For 2005, three states, California, Louisiana and New Hampshire provided NO abortion information or statistical data at all.  California stopped reporting to the CDC in 1998, and has not reported any abortion data since – Yet, prior to 1998, California performed “over 23% of all abortions in the nation” (reference: CDC Annual Abortion Surveillance – United States, 2005, printed Oct. 2008, page 7 of narrative) and, that “the lack of data for California for 2005 largely explains the majority of the 28% decrease from the annual total number of abortions reported in 1997” (ibid).

Thus, the CDC received some abortion data from 47 states and the District of Columbia for the year 2005, but in regard to post-viability 21-weeks-and-over-gestation (i.e.Late-term Abortions) it received this specific data from only 35 states.

The CDC’s number for Total Induced Abortions in 47 states in 2005 is 820,151 (EXCLUDING critical missing numbers from California, etc.).  The number of total abortions FROM THOSE STATES THAT REPORTED DATA FOR POST-20-WEEKS ABORTIONS is 590,127.  The corresponding number of Post-20-weeks’ abortions, in 2005, from those 35 states is 8,845.  The percentage of total equals 1.496%.

If the (CDC-actual) 1.496% percentage is applied to the Guttmacher estimate of Total Abortions in the U.S. in 2005, ( i.e. 1, 206,200), the conclusion is that at least 18,045 Late-Term post-potential-viability abortions are performed each year in the U.S. This number may, as both the Guttmacher Institute and the CDC state in regard to total abortions’ reporting information, be conservative.

THE MORE RESEARCH CONDUCTED ON TH LATE-TERM D&E ISSUE, THE MORE IT BECOMES APPARENT THAT THE NUMBER OF POST-VIABILITY BABIES TERMINATED IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH D&E LATE-TERM ABORTION IS FAR HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN ABOUT OR ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED.

THIS RESEARCHER (CCCF AUTHOR) AS RECENTLY AS SIX MONTHS AGO CALCULATED THAT THE NUMBER OF POST-VIABILITY, POST-20 OR POST-21 WEEKS’ GESTATION BABIES TERMINATED BY D&E WAS ON THE ORDER OF 10,000 A YEAR.  SOME MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS DID NOT BELIEVE THAT NUMBER.   SOME THOUGHT LATE-TERM D&E WAS AN EXTREMELY RARE PROCEDURE, ON THE ORDER OF LESS THAN 1,000 SUCH ABORTIONS A YEAR.  HOWEVER, BASED ON FURTHER HARD DATA RECEIVED FROM THE CDC AND OTHER SOURCES, INCLUDING PARTIAL DATA FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, POINTS TO THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THE REAL NUMBER OF LATE-TERM D&E ABORTIONS OF POTENTIALLY-VIABLE BABIES IN THE U.S. IS OVER TWENTY THOUSAND (20,000) PER YEAR.



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