“There’s a lot of inflammatory language and myths being discussed in the media,” argues Shah.
“The words that I hear are ‘post-birth abortion’ or ‘late-term abortion’ and there are not real medical terms, these were all just made up,” she warns. This type of vocabulary is often used in debates surrounding abortion laws, which in recent months have centered around so-called heartbeat bills, relating to when a fetal heartbeat can be detected rather than its viability.
“Abortion care is incredibly safe and it’s actually one of the safest medical procedures that we can perform,” she says, pointing to a recent study by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
“The same study actually proved that the biggest threat to safe abortion is the litany of regulations that prevent access to abortion care, it raises cost of abortion care, delays procedures and actually these regulations end up being harmful to patients and their health.”