Fetal Medicine and Viability Laws Are Outdated

Preterm Infant Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the Supreme Court legalized abortion it manufactured language to describe fetal viability, the minimum gestational age for a child to be able to survive outside the womb. In 1973 that was 28 weeks. A follow up ruling, Planned Parenthood v Casey, said that a state has a compelling interest to restrict abortion after the point of fetal viability.

Due to advances in medicine, studies show the age infants can survive and thrive outside the womb has drifted lower over the years from 28 to 22 weeks. Yet the medical community and legislation have not caught up with this reality. Many infants born pre-mature do not receive the medical care needed because their case is considered “hopeless.” Furthermore, legislative efforts to protect preborn babies from abortion after ‘viability’ are outdated.  

This real abortion news update is sponsored by CompassCare. For a full transcript go to realabortionnews.com.

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