of 13+ week abortions are elective (that is, they are not performed due to fetal or maternal health concerns).
One could argue that the proportion of medically necessary
abortions after 16 weeks would be higher. And it probably would be. However
there’s no indication it would be so high as to constitute even a majority of
late-term abortions, much less “nearly all” late-term abortions.
Specifically Arizona has documented reasons for 14-20 week abortions and reasons for 21+
week abortions. The bottom line?
of 21+ week abortions
- Emotional/psychological health of the mother
- Physical health of the mother that is not life endangering
- Social or economic reasons
Including “economic reasons” in the definition of “non-elective” doesn’t mesh at all with the pro-choice claim that late-term abortions are all medically necessary. But let’s just pretend it does. Even if we include all these reasons in the “non-elective” category, the numbers still don’t support the pro-choice claim.