Planned Parenthood CEO Leana Wen told nothing short of a a bold-faced lie earlier this month when she made the ridiculous claim that there is “no such thing as abortion up until birth.”
Wen is herself a medical doctor, and being in the position that she is presiding over the nation’s leading abortion provider, she certainly knows the inaccuracy of her statement.
“I can’t believe I have to say this — but there is no such thing as infanticide in medical care,” Wen tweeted Wednesday, May 8th. “There is no such thing as abortion up until birth. #EndTheLies, @realDonaldTrump.”
Wen followed up with a later tweet saying, “President Trump’s real agenda is to ban access to ALL safe, legal abortion. We’re not going to let him get away with lying about families facing the most difficult decision of their lives when something in the pregnancy has gone terribly wrong.”
Wen is the one lying here. First of all, abortions tragically do happen even up until birth. Secondly there is no such thing as a safe abortion. No abortion can possibly take place without posing imminent danger to both the mother and child.
The Centers for Disease Control reports thousands of abortions at or after 21 weeks are performed every year. In 2015, the total was 5,597, according to the CDC; however, the number actually is much higher. The CDC total includes only 39 states that reported gestational ages.
Wen is a medical doctor herself and should be acquainted with these details. Late term abortion – up until the moment of birth – is legal within the United States. After New York recently legalized all abortions, eight states and Washington, D.C. currently have no age restrictions on when abortions can be performed on infants. The states are Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Vermont, along with Washington, D.C.
Abortions up until birth (also sometimes referred to as partial-birth abortions) are gruesome. See the below excerpt from the federal law banning most partial-birth abortions):
The term ‘partial-birth abortion’ means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus; and performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus.
Perhaps Leana Wen is lying about late term abortions because she presides over Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions past 20 weeks and after viability at multiple clinics. Live Action News has provided the details, along with screenshots from Planned Parenthood’s website here.