There are only a few places in the country where a mother can have an abortion in the third trimester. Maryland remains one of those states.
According to a press conference held by the Maryland Coalition for Life in Germantown, MD it was announced that a 29-year-old woman died at a local hospital as a direct result of complications from a third trimester abortion. According to LifeNews.com the woman was at the end of a four day abortion procedure when she developed chest pain and other medical symptoms. The family took her to a local Emergency Room where she subsequently died. It is reported that the Maryland Examiner’s Office will investigate this death.
Contrary to political jargon abortions are not without significant risk. U.S. mortality rates per 100,000 abortions as are 14.0 for 16-20 weeks and 18.0 for after 21 weeks. Mortality results for second and third trimester abortions climb steeply each week of gestation. Per 100,000 abortions, the relative risk of abortion-related mortality was 14.7 at 13–15 weeks of gestation, 29.5 at 16-20 weeks, and 76.6 at or after 21 weeks.