Medical definition of late-term abortion

at this week's State of the Union

President Trump addressed what some

experts are predicting will be a key

issue in 2020 abortion I am asking

Congress to pass legislation to prohibit

the late term abortion of children it's

not clear exactly which cases this would

affect though Trump's qualifiers on

abortions don't necessarily match those

of the medical community take late term

for example anti abortion or pro-life

activists use late term to describe an

abortion that occurs after about

twenty-one weeks of pregnancy OBGYNs

tell CNN the late term definition is

more specific and much later these

pregnancies extend past a woman's due

date to 41 or 42 weeks

Trump's pain comment also makes the idea

even more complex according to a review

of medical research on pain and

development a fetus starts to feel pain

within 24 weeks of pregnancy before then

researchers say the nervous system

hasn't developed enough to process the

signals regardless of which ever

standard might be used any band Trump's

called for could affect only a small

proportion of existing abortions the

latest CDC data from 2015 shows only 1.3

percent of abortions happen during or

after 21 weeks of pregnancy

less than 1% occurred after 24 weeks