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North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Walker says he hopes that the late-term abortion bills in New York and Virginia will be a wakeup call to the American people.
For many obstetricians – including me – the whole political debate and legislative push for legalized abortion after 24 weeks, and in some cases well into the third trimester, is not only disturbing but very sad.
Years - Field - Medicine - Situations - Parents
Over many years in my field of maternal-fetal medicine, I have encountered situations when parents ask about an abortion – but for a lot of parents, termination after 24 weeks has never been the norm. Neonatologists, who are pediatricians who treat very premature babies, devote themselves to the survival of these small infants.
Viability for infants as early as 23 weeks has improved over the years. There are indeed clinical conditions under which either for maternal causes or fetal conditions a premature delivery is indicated.
Agenda - Termination - Pregnancy - Trimester - Patients
But the political agenda to include elective termination of pregnancy into the third trimester may lead to putting patients in harm’s way.
Many of these politicians advocating for these late-term abortion are not thinking about the consequences of their actions, and my comments have nothing to do with my personal views on abortion. To legislate clinical indications for elective abortion into the third trimester is really political malpractice.
Knowledge - Politician - Medicine - Patients - Physicians
What knowledge does a politician have in obstetrical medicine? We have seen over and over again how patients have been injured by physicians who are inadequately trained or in facilities that don’t have the resources to deal with the complications...
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