U.S. Abortion Laws Liberal Compared With (Liberal) Europe
With a bill before Congress that aims to establish a 22-week cutoff for abortion procedures in the U.S. – as well as a high-profile debate in Texas over similar legislation – the public discussion over late term abortion limits has escalated into extremism, with passions on both sides fueling hyperbolic language.
But a survey of abortion laws in other Western countries reveals that, even if Congress were to make abortions beyond 22 weeks illegal, the U.S. would still be one of the developed world’s most abortion-friendly Nations.
Canada has no law limiting when an expectant mother can end a pregnancy, and both the U.K. and the Netherlands cut off abortions after 24 weeks. But the rest of the Western world limits abortions with far greater severity. Liberal bastions like Sweden forbid abortion after 18 weeks; in Germany and France, the limit is set at 12 weeks.
Here’s a look at where the U.S. would stand among Western Nations if it limits abortion to 22 weeks:
Source: Phillip B. Levine, “Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility” (Princeton University Press, 2007)
H/T: Weekly Standard
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