The truth is that pregnancy is complicated. Some people need and get abortions later in pregnancy — for a lot of different reasons — and they deserve safe and compassionate care.
Unfortunately, they and their often-complex situations are ruthlessly weaponized by anti-abortion politicians to further a coercive ideological agenda that has nothing to do with the well-being of pregnant people.
We must see later abortion bans, like the ballot initiative in Colorado, as the Trojan horses they are — serving the single-minded pursuit of a coercive anti-abortion agenda that has nothing to do with health care, and everything to do with control.
Dr. Liza Fuentes is a Senior Research Scientist and Elizabeth Nash is Acting Associate Director for State Policy with the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization dedicated to advancing sexual and reproductive health in the United States and globally.
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