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Re: Interview at the Border - Elle (to the top)
The general guidelines (and I don't know whether it applied to all States) was it was legal up to 25 weeks. Now you have States almost barring it altogether or at a heartbeat (too early for some to even know they're pregnant) and the opposite allowing it up to the moment of birth. Health of the mother, rape and incest pretty much grounds for legality. Most congenital deformities etc. of the fetus can be established well within that time frame. Downs Syndrome can be tested for as early as the first semester and the early months of the second semester. Although in most late term abortions, there are restrictions that should prevent a callous approach, having it on the books opens the door to abuse. What would happen before late term abortion bills passed, is that if there were sufficient reasons to justify it, the physician and the mother would make the determination but it wouldn't be just a convenience situation. With the new bill, a woman may try to abort late term just because her circumstances change..e.g. the father decides not to stick around. A baby that is born with impediments to survival in a natural birth may initially be treated similarly to what was described by the VA Gov. but extraordinary means might be employed to try to save it. A surviving aborted baby, otherwise sound, may either not get treatment or what sounded as if the parents could choose to let it die or even hasten its death. The latter is what is so abhorrent.