Why Late Third-Trimester Abortions are Unethical

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a controversial late-term abortion bill.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a controversial late-term abortion bill.

By Noah Kaplan, Staff Writer

Though abortion is considered a sensitive topic for both Democrats and Republicans, the issue really is not that difficult to solve. Abortion should be a woman’s choice and the government should have no say in banning it. However, a woman should not be allowed to have an abortion in the third-trimester, moments before her baby is born.

There has been some recent progress in allowing abortions in the state of California. In a 5-4 vote, the supreme court ruled that the California law stating that anti-abortion pregnancy centers are required by law to inform their patients of publicly funded abortion and contraceptive services is just. The anti-abortion centers and judges that opposed the law argued that the government was infringing upon the people’s right to free speech, which is outlined in the First Amendment.

According to USA Today, Judge Clarence Thomas stated that “licensed clinics must provide a government-drafted script about the availability of state-sponsored services, as well as contact information for how to obtain them. One of those services is abortion — the very practice that petitioners are devoted to opposing.”

Thomas is exactly right in his ideology that anti-abortion centers, just like other clinics, are legally obligated to notify their patients about government-funded services. However, there are some aspects of abortion that are just not ethically correct, such as late third-trimester abortions.

In Virginia, Democrat Kathy Tran proposed Virginia House Plan 2491, which loosens laws on abortion such as a 24-hour waiting period and a mandate that second-trimester abortions take place in a hospital. While that portion of the bill is perfectly fine, the bill loosens restrictions on third-trimester abortions.

If a woman wanted a third-trimester abortion in Virginia, three doctors were required to give their approval and only if giving birth would cause serious damage to the patient’s physical or mental health. However, with the bill passed, only one doctor is required to sign off on this decision, even if the patient’s health will not be affected. According to Vox, when Tran was asked if a woman were dilating and about to give birth, she simply replied that “[her] bill would allow that.”

And Virginia is not the only state to enact this late-third trimester law; New York has officially passed this law on January 22, 2019.

Although women should have the right to choose, Tran’s third-trimester bill seems a little extreme. It is absolutely preposterous that a woman is able to request an abortion from a doctor, seconds before her child is born. Unless critical to the patient’s health, a late third-trimester abortion should not be allowed.