CBO: 20+ Week Fetuses Aborted at Rate of 30 Per Day; Saves Money for Government-Run Health Care

Terence P. Jeffrey | July 8, 2013 | 2:29pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Unborn babies who have reached at least 20 weeks of age in utero are aborted at a rate of about 30 per day in the United States, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The CBO has also concluded that aborting babies at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy saves money for the government-run federal-state Medicaid system.

The CBO made these determinations when doing its official “Cost Estimate” of a federal bill that would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks or later into pregnancy (except in cases of reported rape, incest against a minor or to save the life of the mother).

“Based on data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CBO estimates that, each year, about 11,000 abortions take place 20 weeks or more after fertilization,” said the CBO’s analysis of H.R. 1797, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

In a 365-day year, 11,000 late-term abortions works out to a little more than 30 per day—counting weekends and holidays.

Those performing late-term abortions, of course, do not work 24 hours per day 7 day a week.

If it were assumed that those performing late-term abortions only worked 40 hours a week—or 2,080 hours in a 52-week year (without vacations)—that would mean that an average of about 5.3 unborn babies who have made it to at least the 20th week of pregnancy are aborted each work hour in the United States.

11,000 late-term abortions per year also equals an average of about 212 per week.

Nonetheless, the CBO said “industry experts” described the number of 20-week-plus abortions that would be prohibited by the Pain Capable Child Protection Act as “relatively small.”

“Information from the CDC and other industry experts indicates that only a relatively small number of abortions would be prohibited,” said CBO.

The combined membership of the U.S. House of Representatives (435) and the U.S. Senate (100) is 535. At 11,000 late-term abortions per year, American abortionists terminate enough late-term babies in just twelve months to populate Congress more than 20 time over.

In doing its cost analysis, CBO said it estimated that most women who currently wait until 20 weeks or later to have an abortion would have abortions sooner if abortions after 20 weeks were prohibited. But CBO also conceded it was difficult to definitively determine what percentage of women would actually forego an abortion and give birth to their baby if they were prohibited from aborting the baby after 20 weeks.

“CBO expects that most women who would be affected by H.R. 1797 would seek earlier abortions,” said CBO. “But how many women would do so is an important determinant of additional federal costs. For example, if 90 percent of women who would have sought an abortion 20 weeks or more after fertilization instead were to seek earlier abortions, federal spending would rise about $75 million over 10 years. If only half of those women were to obtain earlier abortions, then federal spending could rise by more than $400 million over 10 years.

“For this estimate,” said CBO, “CBO assumes that around three-quarters of abortions that would occur 20 weeks or more after fertilization under current law would take place earlier, before the 20th week restriction is triggered, under the act. As a result, we estimate that the increase in federal costs for Medicaid would total $225 million over the 2014-2023 period.”

The CBO does not explain how it decided to assume that three quarters of women who otherwise would have aborted after 20 weeks would simply have an earlier abortion if late-term abortions were banned. However, CBO did explain why it believes late-term abortions save money for the welfare state.

“Because the costs of about 40 percent of all births are paid for by the Medicaid program, CBO estimates that federal spending for Medicaid will rise to the extent that enacting H.R. 1797 results in additional births and deliveries relative to current law,” says CBO.

“H.R. 1790 would result in increased spending for Medicaid,” says CBO. “Since a portion of Medicaid is paid for by state governments, CBO estimates that state spending on the program would increase by about $170 million over the 2014-2023 period.”

In other words, according to CBO, to the degree that government runs and pays for the health-care system—as it does through Medicaid—aborting late-term babies is a cost-saving measure for government. Letting late-term babies live, according to this reasoning, is an increased cost for government.

The CBO did not estimate how much wealth and job-creating power U.S. society has lost and will lose in the future because 11,000 late-term unborn babies per year are killed by abortionists and not allowed to live out their lives.

The Republican-majority House approved the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Jun 18 by a vote of 228 to 196. To become law it would need to be approved in the Democrat-majority Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama.

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