Late-term abortions have become a national issue since the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was found guilty of murdering three newborns in his filthy clinic.
Pro-choice groups denounced Gosnell as an “outlier” in the industry, but pro-life organizations said illegal late-term abortions and infanticides are common occurrences.
On Wednesday, pro-life groups including the Susan B. Anthony List are planning to launch a “Stop the Gosnells” coalition to encourage investigations into late-term abortions and enactment of tougher laws against them.
A report issued Tuesday by the Pew Research Center said most states are moving toward laws that regulate abortion: Ten states require abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and share that information with a woman prior to her abortion. Several states have laws forbidding abortions after 20 weeks gestation; in North Dakota, most abortions are forbidden as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be six weeks gestation. Lawsuits are underway or expected against some of these laws.
Separately, the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and civil justice passed a bill Tuesday that would block most abortions after 20 weeks gestation in the District.
Supporters of the bill say fetuses are able to feel pain by that age, and abortion is an inhumane act. Opponents say legislation limiting abortions before 24 weeks is unconstitutional and “fetal pain” has not been proven.