Abortion is legal through all 9 mos of pregnancy? Many assume that abortion is only legal through the first trimester of pregnancy when in fact abortion is legal through birth.
When pro-lifers state this fact many question whether it’s really true or if we’re over exaggerating and trying to make abortion sound “worse” than it really is. However the fact is abortions are completely and 100% legal throughout pregnancy in the U.S. from conception until the moment of birth and for absolutely any reason.
Here is why…
Roe v. Wade, along with Doe v. Bolton, mandate that abortion be legal up until the point of birth if any physician says it is needed for health of the mother. This refers to physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient. Thus, “health,” as defined by the law provides broad leeway to perform abortions throughout pregnancy.
In Roe v. Wade, the majority wrote that their ruling does not permit abortions “at whatever time, in whatever way, and for whatever reason” a woman chooses, but they provided no example of a circumstance where abortion could be prohibited.
As it stands today, American women have the legal right to obtain an abortion in all 50 states, through all nine months of pregnancy, for virtually any reason at all.