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sandystrachan's avatar

How far along in a pregnancy can a person have an abortion?

Asked by sandystrachan (4397points) April 29th, 2009
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augustlan's avatar

Generally speaking, through the second trimester or about 24 weeks. It varies though. Here is a breakdown of different state laws.

Fyrius's avatar

Well, practically speaking, a person can have an abortion at any point during the pregnancy as well as years after the child has actually been born. Only after a certain stage it stops being abortion and starts being murder, I guess. (Except if you ask the pro-life peeps – then it’s murder from the moment the sperm reaches the ovum.)
Whether it’s legal or not depends entirely on where on the globe you live.

alive's avatar

yup. it depends on the law. thanks augustlan for the link! it is very comprehensive (and a good reminder that abortion laws in the US are not very good, or consistent at all!)

laureth's avatar

Depends what the priests and their followers in your area say. ;)

Fyrius's avatar

@laureth And to what extent they have a say in it, I should hope.
God help us if the law ever ends up at the mercy of the religious.

Staalesen's avatar

@Fyrius Is that not an oxymoron ? :p

Fyrius's avatar

@Staalesen Nah, just some irony.

knitfroggy's avatar

Here in Kansas there is a doctor that does late term abortions. He is very controversial, obviously. He will do abortions on a woman that is 7 or 8 months along.

I am Pro Choice but this guy is extreme. I’m not sure how many late term abortions he does, but he does do them and it makes Pro Lifers crazy. (I can’t say I blame them.)

casheroo's avatar

If you ever want unbiased info on abortion, go to That link takes you to a state to state break down on the laws. Every state is different.

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