This extraordinarily high number is even more remarkable in that it is based on 2005 data (i.e. the latest CDC Report issued in late 2008) which is two years AFTER the Federal Ban Act of 2003 prohibiting D&X Partial Birth Abortion in the U.S. The alternative but similarly grotesque procedure, primarily employed in late-term post-20-weeks’ abortions (that HAS NOT been banned in the U.S.) is the D&E – Dilation & Evacuation – procedure, which dismembers the child in the uterus (womb) using surgical instruments, with the cervix as a fulcrum. It is a procedure as horrific to contemplate as D&X and possibly even more pain-inflicting to the potentially-viable child.
The CDC hard data identifies that late-term third trimester D&E abortions are performed in nearly every state in the U.S.
Do they really perform D & E's on third trimester babies? I'm appalled. I thought D & E's were only performed up to about 20 weeks. PBA was intended to be a variation thereof, because of the lack of room in the womb.