Reference Materials – Third-Trimester Abortions – Dec. 11th

Please see the section above entitled "Original Proposal" for, inter alia: (1) the Wikipedia article on Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor who was convicted of murdering three just-born children by snipping their spinal cords and convicted on 21 felony counts of illegal third-term abortions under Pennsylvania law, and (2) the text of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 land-mark Roe v. Wade decision finding a constitutional right to abortion (though permitting states to ban third-term abortions provided there are certain exceptions, such as preserving the life of the mother).

Click on this section for additional reference materials such as a NY Times article on Albuquerque NM's 11/19/2013 vote against banning abortion after 20 weeks, which is when fetuses begin to feel pain (24 weeks is the beginning of the third trimester).

As set forth in the Original Proposal: "As of 10/1/2013, 41 states prohibit abortion after a certain point in the pregnancy -- 21 at fetal viability, 4 in the third trimester, 8 after a certain number of weeks (generally 24 or during the third trimester), and 8 after 20 weeks post-fertilization (or 22 weeks after the last menstrual cycle) on the grounds that the fetus can feel pain after that point." So it would appear that the issue of 20 weeks vs. 24 weeks will reach the U.S. Supreme Court soon in cases involving at least one of the 8 states that ban abortion after 20 weeks.
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