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In the United States, are most of the abortions that are performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy for medical reasons?

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Multiple public disclosures by abortion providers show that most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy are elective and not for medical reasons. For example, abortionist Martin Haskell stated: "I'll be quite frank: most of my abortions are elective in that 20-24 week range." Likewise, Renee Chelian, president of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers said of late-term abortions: "The spin out of Washington was that it was only done for medical necessity, even though we knew it wasn't so." Nonetheless, politicians, journalists, and activists have repeatedly claimed without evidence that late-term abortions are only performed for medical reasons. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that "more than 15,000" abortions "after 20 weeks" are done every year in the United States. This exceeds the annual number of gun homicides, which totaled about 12,000 in 2018.

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