The Truth About “Partial Birth Abortions”
People in the anti-abortion movement love to bring up partial birth abortions. You will always be able to find a horror story description on how abortions are performed like this and happen quite frequently. This procedure has such misinformation surrounding it that it’s disturbing. Let’s find out the truth.
Partial Birth Abortion is actually a medically inaccurate term. It was created purely for propaganda purposes. The procedure is actually named “Intact Dilation & Extraction” or IDX. While people like to portray it as routine in regards to abortion, it actually has an extremely low rate of use. In the last available statistic, it was only used in 0.17% of abortions. Not to mention, the procedure was pretty much done on wanted pregnancies for two reasons. 1) It was only used in later term abortions, which are almost exclusively done in “difficult” circumstances. 2) It gave the family a body to mourn.
In the United States, the procedure was made illegal in 2003. What people didn’t know is that it didn’t really do anything except punish pregnant people. It’s a safer procedure than the alternative (D & E) at this point, the alternative leaves more room for complications, including death. The alternative also does not allow for a body to mourn. Lastly, the alternative is also considerably more… Unnerving, so I’m not sure why people against abortion thought that was a good idea.
TL;DR - IDX is not a bad thing. It’s a very rarely used procedure. During the time period it is used, pregnancies are usually wanted and experiencing something gone seriously wrong.