Contrary to a suggestion by Hillary Clinton during the final debate with Donald Trump, women who get late-term abortions generally do not do so for health reasons, according to the Washington Examiner.
In one study cited by the Examiner, women who had late-term abortions generally did so for the same reasons most women get an abortion.
“Data suggest that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment,” wrote Diana Greene and Katrina Kimport, professors at the University of California, San Francisco’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.
“Despite this common narrative, women in our study who obtained first-trimester abortions and women who obtained abortions at or after 20 weeks’ gestation were remarkably similar.”
According to the study, women seeking later abortions were raising children alone, were depressed or using banned substances, were experiencing domestic violence or other conflict, were young, or had trouble deciding what to do.
“The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make,” Clinton said during the debate. “I have met with women who have, toward the end of their pregnancy, get the worst news one could get.”