President Trump was correct to point out that New York’s latest abortion law allow an abortion even during the latter stages of a pregnancy, writes Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review. Critics that say his statement during the State of the Union was misleading are wrong. As long as a doctor considers the abortion necessary for health or other reasons, a fetus can be aborted even after 24 weeks. While advocates of this practice argue that a mother’s health needs to be prioritized in the case of high-risk abortions, Trump is right to point out that fetuses very close to being born are now allowed to be aborted.
Donald Trump has painted a misleading and overly dramatic picture of abortion law in New York, argues Pam Belluck of The New York Times. Abortions are not allowed shortly before birth for any reason. Trump is dramatizing a complex issue, exaggerating how many late-term abortions even occur. The procedure is done less than one percent of the time after the 24th week of pregnancy. On the rare cases that this has occurred, it was usually due to the fetus having a fatal condition or the mother being at risk of death. Late-stage abortions only occur when absolutely medically necessary, which Trump is wrong to criticize.