Only 7 out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy

Is the United States one of seven countries that ‘allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy?’
Washington Post 2 October 2017
Family First Comment: Interesting – the media are forced to admit that Trump was right  🙂
Fortunately, NZ is NOT one of the 7 countries – yet!

The Facts

The source of this claim is a 2014 report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which opposes abortion rights. It’s the most updated version of this report.

The group analyzed abortion laws in 198 countries and other independent or “semiautonomous” regions with more than 1 million residents.

There are 59 countries that allow abortion “without restriction as to reason,” or “elective,” or “abortion on demand.” These are countries where the letter of the federal law does not impose specific eligibility requirements for women. The other 139 countries “require some reason to obtain an abortion, ranging from most restrictive (to save the life of the mother or completely prohibited) to least restrictive (socioeconomic grounds) with various reasons in between (e.g., physical health, mental health),” the report says.

Only seven of the 59 countries allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, the group found: Canada, China, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

This list of countries correlates with another similar report, also from 2014, published by a group that supports reproductive rights. (The gestational limit breakdown has remained consistent since the 2014 report with the exception of Mozambique, according to the group.)

That group’s report found 61 countries that allow abortion “without restriction as to reason,” though some of these countries had parental authorization or notification requirements. Most of the countries had a 12-week gestational limit on abortions.


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