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Gynecologist Lays The Smackdown About Late-Term Abortion Myths In Educational Twitter Rant ????

Jennifer Gunter
@DrJenGunter (Twitter)

Dr. Jennifer Gunter is a specialist in women’s health and pain medicine who is well known for shredding dubious medical claims. (If you haven’t read her criticisms of Gwyneth Paltrow’s “lifestyle” company Goop’s claims about the wonders of inserting a jade egg into your vagina, then you’ve been missing out.)

A few days ago, Dr. Gunter took to Twitter to address the controversy surrounding a New York state law that codifies the protections outlined in Roe v. Wade, and ensures that a woman’s access to abortion is protected even if the landmark Supreme Court case is overturned, a fear that many have expressed living under President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Reproductive Health Act (RHA), signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, removes the need for a doctor to perform some abortions and takes abortion out of the criminal code, classifying it as a public health issue. Anti-choice activists have come out against the RHA, however, because of a provision within the legislation that allows abortions after 24 weeks in cases where there is an “absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”

Despite well-documented evidence that restricting abortion actually kills women due to women attempting to self-induce their abortions, anti-choice activists have alleged that the law is a gateway to allowing anyone to “kill” their babies whenever they please at the direction of whomever they wish. (The law removes the requirement that only a licensed physician can perform an abortion, extending the ability to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and midwives.)

Dr. Gunter, as you can imagine, is sick of the pseudoscience. In a now-viral Twitter thread, she, who once lived in a state “with no gestational age limit,” laid out the case for the law, and why patients opt for the process.

For starters: Abortions after 24 weeks are “very rare”:

She then presented some real-life examples of when fetal abnormalities might threaten the mother’s health and necessitate an abortion:

Abortions are not flights of fancy taken up by frivolous women: “Anyone, especially any doctor, who says these are not indicated is wrong,” Gunter said.

Every pregnancy is different. Every case is different. Every woman’s life experience is different. That is why such legislation exists.

Dr. Gunter’s matter-of-fact assessment prompted other women to share their stories, too.

This epidemic of late-term abortions you keep hearing critics go on about? Yeah, they’re not a thing. It’s not like going to the store for a piece of candy. Human lives are at stake.

“I don’t do pregnancy terminations anymore,” Dr. Gunter told one commenter. “But I feel I need to share my experience because the lies are winning. I feel a duty to speak to the truth.”

We should be thankful to medical professionals like Dr. Gunter for their service— and their willingness to speak the truth.