“‘Abortion until the moment of birth’ [as Trump has often phrased it] does not exist — it’s a boogeyman abortion opponents have created to frighten voters and derail rational conversation... Nobody ‘supports’ it, and nobody does it. No patient ever asks… and no physician would agree to do it,” points out Katie L. Watson, a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. To her, saying that Democrats support extreme late-term abortions is “like saying everyone who ‘supports’ the Second Amendment ‘supports’ school shootings.”
Biden supports abortion rights and says he would codify into statute the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade and related precedents. The Supreme Court’s rulings in Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey say states may ban abortion after the fetus reaches viability, the point at which it can sustain life, which happens at or near the end of the second trimester. States with such bans must allow an exception “to preserve the life or health of the mother.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only reports late abortions after 21 weeks: those represented 1.4% of all abortions. These abortions involve either a pregnancy that poses an immediate threat to the life of the mother, or infants with abnormalities so severe that they are unlikely to live more than a few days. By practice and law, living infants receive care. In the even rarer situations when the baby emerges alive, parents would decide whether to ask their doctors to make any and all efforts to keep breathing. Medical researchers describe this as a decision whether to resuscitate the baby.
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The Democratic Party states it believes every woman should have access to safe and legal abortion, but it does not specify its stance on how long into a pregnancy an abortion should be performed.
Biden has had difference stances toward abortion throughout his career. In a 1974 interview with Washingtonian, the former vice president criticized Roe: "I don't like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far. I don't think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body.”