For those who were devastated by Donald Trump's description of a nine-month baby being ripped from its mother's uterus (also known as a C-section), please read the below:
Viability is the ability of a fetus to live outside the womb. Most medical communities establish viability as 24 weeks of gestation, which is during the latter part of the second trimester. Although a pregnancy is considered full term between week 37 and week 42 of pregnancy, babies born as early as week 24 have survived.
Late-term abortions are not legal in most states in the U.S.—except in cases in which the life of the mother is in danger. Late-term is defined as an abortion performed after viability of the fetus: If a pregnancy is farther than week 24, abortion is rarely an option. Currently more than 40 states have laws banning most post-viability abortions.
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