Washington Post Misleads On Abortion Laws Around The World

A feature article in the Washington Post compared abortion regulations in the United States to those worldwide. The writers overlook necessary background and misrepresent many facts, undermining the thesis. To be sure, the article’s assumption that limitless abortion is a desirable kind of social development raises a lot of questions.

Most state attempts to restrict abortion are thrown down before they can take effect, according to the authors of a paper on abortion in the United States. This fact renders the assertion that “getting an abortion has become more difficult in various regions of the United States” meaningless. In the United States, around 12,000 post-viability abortions are performed each year, higher than the number of gun murders.

Mexico’s top court just decriminalized abortion, while Argentina’s Senate approved the procedure in December. None of the nations have allowed abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and the majority have put restrictions in a place far earlier.

In Mexico, abortion is still banned in many states, and in those that allow it, it is only lawful up to twelve weeks of pregnancy. Abortion for any cause is permitted only during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy in Thailand and Ireland. In Argentina, a recently adopted bill restricts abortion to the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. New Zealand just decided to allow abortions up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Only a few nations, such as China and North Korea, allow abortion on demand once the unborn child can survive outside the womb.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the United States has already witnessed the most significant number of abortion restrictions imposed in a single year in 2021. The abortion restrictions are banned and enacted by state legislatures this year and state that have safeguarded and extended abortion rights.