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... "Women have abortions after 20 weeks only in
extraordinary and horrific circumstances," [Kim Luton] says, "when there is a gross fetal anomaly or the mother's
health is in danger. They are not women who don't want to be pregnant."
Medical conditions that may be harmful if a pregnancy is continued include
serious kidney disease, uncontrolled diabetes and malignant hypertension. But supporters of the U.S. law say that abortion
is never necessary to protect a woman's health. ...
Luton says the ban
ignores the fact certain pre-natal tests can't be done until the 18th week of pregnancy, and that it takes two to four weeks
to get the results. Therefore, a woman could be well beyond 20 weeks before she's informed the fetus has a severe genetic
disorder and is likely to die in utero or at birth.
She also cites a case she was involved with of a 12-year-old who was raped,
but didn't realize she was pregnant. Neither did her mother or family doctor — until the girl was five months along.
"To deny abortions to females who are facing these types of situations is
truly immoral," Luton says flatly. ...
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