We aren’t truly free if we can’t make our own decisions about our bodies, lives, and futures. When someone decides to have an abortion, it should be safe, affordable, and free from punishment or judgment.

Some politicians — from Trump to state legislators — are spreading lies and misinformation about abortion care. They are using inflammatory, deceptive, and insulting language just to score political points and push abortion out of reach, as Trump recently did in his State of the Union address.

Here is the truth:

Every day, women across our country face the deeply personal decision of whether to continue their pregnancy. There are many circumstances that may lead to a woman having an abortion, including abortion later in pregnancy.

In some cases, women may have health issues or a fetal diagnosis that leads to an abortion later in pregnancy. In others cases, it is not possible for a woman to get an abortion as soon as she decides. Many things can stand in her way, such as not being able to afford it, travel distance to a clinic, or restrictions that have been put in place.

At every point in pregnancy, a woman’s health and her specific circumstances should drive important medical decisions. When serious medical complications arise, doctors need access to the full range of medical treatment options, including C-section, induction, or abortion if that is the safest course — all based on a woman’s specific medical circumstance.

 Any doctor can tell you — every pregnancy is different. It’s time for our politicians to start showing respect to the women who are facing personal decisions about whether to continue a pregnancy.

 For more information:

  • Learn the facts about later abortion
  • Hear directly from the women and families who have experienced later abortion care.
  • Get the facts from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology about how abortion care later in pregnancy is important to women’s health.
  • Get all your questions answered about New York’s Reproductive Health Act – one of the laws protecting abortion access that Trump has disparaged.