By Dave Andrusko
Thanks go out to Mary Hahn Beerworth, executive director of Vermont Right to Life, without whose vigilance Vermonters would not know that “Planned Parenthood is now performing surgical abortions up to 18 weeks after the start of a woman’s last menstrual period at their Burlington facility – a full two weeks further in pregnancy than Planned Parenthood has performed abortions in the past.” It is possible, in fact, that abortions are performed later in pregnancy.
The “Burlington Health Center” site (www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/centerDetails.asp?f=2650&a=91770&v=details#!service=abortion) formerly said “up to 16 weeks and 6 days.”
In a press release, Beerworth referred to an image from the web site Babycenter.com. “Here is a drawing and video of an unborn child at approximately 18 weeks in utero–the fifth month of pregnancy,” she said. “Viability is placed at or shortly after 22 weeks of pregnancy (or gestation).”
(On the same site you can see a 3D animated look at a baby’s development for weeks 15-20: www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-weeks-15-to-20_10308111.bc.)
Although there is no specific abortion technique mentioned, babies at this juncture will likely be killed through dismemberment (Dilation and Evacuation—D&E).
“In 2004, during a forum on abortion, Planned Parenthood admitted that they are the only providers of D&E abortions in Vermont,” Beerworth explained. “Planned Parenthood of Vermont also offers to help find abortion services if you are further than 18 weeks into a pregnancy. It is unknown how the fetal parts and medical wastes are disposed of. Abortion is legal in Vermont throughout pregnancy, so it is possible that Planned Parenthood could perform abortions at even later stages in pregnancy.”
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