And also only 0.2% of all abortion procedures annually. Ending a late-term pregnancy is an extremely rare occurrence, one which requires the involvement of comprehensive team of physicians and nurses. The anti-abortion movement's disinformation campaign to paint "all abortion" as "late-term" is not only false, it's easily disproved by looking at the facts. So here are a few for general consumption: 1) When a late-term pregnancy goes into distress, every attempt is made to deliver the fetus and save both lives. I cannot stress this point enough. It is a violation of medical ethics to simply terminate in the 3rd-trimester because "mom says so." It just doesn't happen, which leads me to... 2) Most hospitals in the US aren't equipped to performed late-term abortions, either in regards to equipment or personnel either willing or trained to do the procedure. When you get death threats for providing a medical service, most people stop providing that service. Also, many residency programs refuse to train future obstetricians in the procedure, either out of fear of litigation or due to state laws, which lead us to.... 3) Many hospital by-laws prevent the performing of abortions at any stage within their facilities, necessitating transfer to another facility--sometimes out-of-state--when such emergencies arise. Doing so has, and continues to, cost lives. The hospital where I practice does not allow any abortion procedures to be performed under penalty of dismissal from the medical staff; when a woman arrives with an obstetrics emergency in the ED, she usually gets transferred. And when time is of the essence, that's not good for anybody. *** I hope this provides some perspective. If you'd like to discuss the points I've presented, I'm happy to debate with you. I have no interest, however, in emotionally-charged rhetoric that lacks any basis in fact. I also lack any interest in you coming back at me with "BUT DR. GOSNELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE'S EVERY ABORTIONIST!!!!!". He was very much an aberration who was reported to the state board of medicine multiple times by numerous Philadelphia physicians and his misdeeds were referred to Harrisburg for years, but the Rendell administration declined to prosecute him. When Tom Corbett become governor, he put this charlatan away. It should've been done years earlier, but that has nothing to do with the points I've stated.