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What Everyone Needs to Know About Second Trimester Abortions

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Written by Steph Harold for RHRealityCheck.org - News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

Most of us don’t think we’ll ever have an abortion, until we become one of the one in four women in the US who has an unwanted pregnancy.  And if we think about it at all, we assume we’d get an abortion pretty early in the pregnancy.  While 90 percent of abortions do happen before 12 weeks, some women seek abortions later in their pregnancies.

Most women do not try to have later abortions. In fact, in a study done by Finer et al, nearly three fifths (58 percent) of women in the survey reported that they would have preferred to have had the abortion earlier than they did. In another study done by Drey et al, 29 percent or one third of women who ended up having abortions during their second trimester were in their first trimester when they made the first call to an abortion clinic. If this is the case, what causes women to have second trimester abortions? Read more