Late-term abortion is a very controversial method to abort the baby after the twentieth week of gestation. There are many different grotesque procedures to perform it. These kinds of abortions are contradicted by many religions and morals of people. Late-term abortions almost devastate some mothers because they have spent so much time being pregnant and making an emotional connection with the baby. Some believe this to be murder and inhumane. Late-term abortion should be made illegal because it is morally wrong on many different standards of the American society. There are many reasons why late-term abortion can be considered immoral. Around the twentieth week of gestation, the baby is practically already formed (Jacobson), and it is
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There are three different procedures to do a late-term abortion that include pain and inhumane methods. The most popular and first method people chose is usually the Dilation and evacuation procedure. This includes dilating the cervix, and removing the fetus in pieces using forceps. These pieces of you baby are removed one by one, and then the uterus is cleaned to ensure no tissue is left. Another procedure is early induction of labor. This can be very intense and painful for the pregnant lady. The third procedure is intact dilation and extraction surgery. It is a two to three day process of gradually dilating the cervix using sticks of seaweed, which absorbs the fluid very efficiently. Once the process is finished, the doctor puts the baby in breech position, and an incision is made at the base of the baby’s skull and brain tissue is removed causing the brain to collapse. The whole baby is then removed from the mother.
State legislatures are also trying to help make late-term abortions illegal. Thirty states have had bans on late-term abortion that were not unconstitutional as of April 2007. Thirteen states prohibit abortion that is after the twenty fourth week of gestation. There have been several attempts to make abortions, especially late-term abortions, illegal in the United States. Some of those cases that have tried in the Supreme Court are Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, Gonzales v. Carhart, and