An OB/GYN has taken to Twitter to fact-check Meghan McCain with a detailed rebuttal after the co-host of The View falsely tweeted that the U.S. is “one of only seven nations in the world, along with North Korea and China, to allow abortion on demand after 20 weeks.”
The 34-year-old was tweeting in response to New York’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which expands abortion access in the state and contains a provision which allows abortions after 24 weeks in rare cases where there’s an “absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”
In other words, late-term abortions in pregnancies where the fetus has died or won’t be compatible with life, or the mother’s health or life is threatened by the pregnancy.
“We are one of only seven nations in the world, along with North Korea and China, to allow abortion on demand after 20 weeks. Our existing law is extreme, and as a pro-life American, I cannot support anyone who supports it,” McCain tweeted Thursday. “It is a battleground culture war issue, as we see in New York, where the Democratic standard is abortion on demand, taxpayer-funded, and if you don’t like it, leave. True leaders don’t play pretend about our divisions. They lead.”
When Dr. Daniel Grossman saw McCain’s tweet, he responded to her directly on Twitter to set her straight on the facts.
“Hi @MeghanMcCain. I am an OB/GYN, abortion provider & researcher,” replied Dr. Grossman. “I’d like to clarify some facts: 65 countries allow abortion at this stage in cases of fetal malformations or anomalies. The US doesn’t have access to early abortion like many countries do.”
Hi @MeghanMcCain. I am an OB/GYN, abortion provider & researcher. I'd like to clarify some facts: 65 countries allow abortion at this stage in cases of fetal malformations or anomalies. (https://t.co/xkaHqCrV6v) The US doesn't have access to early abortion like many countries do. https://t.co/qzexI7S5HK
— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) January 31, 2019
Dr. Grossman continued:
From your tweet, you suggest that you don’t want the US to be a global outlier on abortion policy. Did you know that 78% of high-income countries provide public funding for abortion, making the US an outlier?
There are many reasons why patients have abortions after 20 weeks; complications happen as the pregnancy progresses, my patient’s health is impacted, and we perform tests to make sure the fetus is healthy. This is why this decision is made based on medical advice, not politics.
Additionally, I see patients who need abortions after 20 weeks because the restrictions to abortion made it difficult for them to get care earlier. Everything from medically unnecessary waiting periods and ultrasound laws to shuttering of clinics and insurance bans create delays.
In fact, we found that there was an increase in second and third trimester abortions because of the laws in Texas (which were later found unconstitutional) that made access to first trimester abortions difficult.
Whether or not we ourselves would have a later abortion is not the question. The question is whether or not we’re able to show empathy for the patient making that decision. It’s my job as a doctor to support my patients in making the decisions that are best for their situation.
When we have this debate, we must center the patients in the conversation, and use evidence-based research and facts to inform policy.
I’d be more than happy to come on @TheView and talk to you about this and share more of the research and facts about abortion. Let’s talk!
McCain has yet to respond or retract her remarks.