(CNS News) -- Although abortion is legal in much of the world, it is very restricted in many countries and completely banned without exception in 26 nations. Only six countries allow abortion on demand, up through nine months of pregnancy, and they include the United States and Communist China, according to a new report by the Family Research Council (FRC).
In the report, U.S. Abortion Law in Comparison with the Globe, FRC researchers Mary Szoch and Joy Zavalick document that, "Alongside Canada, China, Vietnam, and both North and South Korea, the United States is one of only six nations in the world whose national law allows abortion at any point through the entirety of pregnancy."
In addition, "only three European nations allow for abortion after 15 weeks" and, around the globe, "77 countries outlaw abortion completely or only allow abortion where the woman’s physical health is at risk."
The extremeness of U.S. abortion law is in contrast, the report notes, to an Associated Press survey, which shows that "65 percent of Americans believe that abortion should almost always be illegal in the second trimester."
The poll also shows that 80 percent of Americans believe abortion should be nearly illegal in the third trimester.
"This statistic means that 80 percent of Americans oppose the legal standards for abortion in their own country," according to the report's authors.
The report explains that abortion on demand in the U.S. stems from the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. "The jurisprudence of Roe legalized elective abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy."
In the ruling, the court said states could not restrict abortion in the first trimester but they could impose some restrictions in the second trimester (12-24 weeks) to "protect the health of the mother."
In the third trimester, a state could outlaw abortion entirely. However, if a state does not do that, then the law defaults to allowing abortion "through all nine months of pregnancy," reads the report.
For this reason, a pregnant woman cannot get a third-trimester abortion in Oklahoma, but she can go to Colorado or New Mexico to get one.
Canada, like the U.S. and Communist China and Communist North Korea, permits abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. In addition, if a baby should survive an abortion in Canada, doctors are under no legal obligation to help that baby.
In Canada, according to the report, "there is no law requiring that medical professionals provide care for children who are born alive after attempted abortions, thus demonstrating Canada’s apathy toward the issue of infanticide. The discrepancy between Canada’s written definition of life beginning at birth and the lack of protections for all children born alive affirms the nation’s status as an enemy of human rights." (Emphasis added.)
"Though abortion is permitted through all nine months, sex-selective abortion in China is currently illegal," reads the report, "making their abortion law more restrictive than the default U.S. law, which does not include any standard prohibitions on prenatal discrimination."
In other words, U.S. abortion laws are more extreme than those in Red China.
"The United States -- though a country often viewed as the antithesis of communism -- has voluntarily accepted abortion -- an atrocity which is often used as a form of torture in communist countries," states the report. "Here, though out of touch with Americans’ views on abortion, American laws are worse or on par with major human rights violators."
"Though the American government does not condone forced abortion, coerced abortion is certainly prevalent in American culture," according to the FRC report. "Unsurprisingly, since the legalization and cultural acceptance of abortion on demand in America, the country has also seen the breakdown of the nuclear family and a decline in fertility rates."
"In light of the fact that abortion takes the life of a human being, the abortion laws of human rights violators like North Korea and China make sense," says the FRC. "These countries do not value human life as being created in the image of God."
"However, abortion policy in the United States is a drastic departure from the truths Americans hold dear -- that 'all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'"
The report then notes that the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments starting Dec. 1 in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In this case, an abortion provider in Mississippi is challenging a law that prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks into pregnancy.
As explained in the FRC report, "The Dobbs case has garnered the attention of the nation because of the direct challenge that it presents to the precedents of Roe and Casey. Since the 15-week ban constitutes a restriction prior to viability, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last licensed abortion facility in Mississippi, has filed suit to challenge the law’s constitutionality."
"The Court will consider the question of 'Whether all previability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional,'" according to the FRC. "If the Court were to overturn the precedent of Roe and Casey, the laws of 21 states with currently unenforceable statutes that restrict abortion pre-viability would go into effect."
Commenting on the case, Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino said, "The problem underlying Roe really isn't the policy of it. The problem underlying it is the fact that it's not a constitutional holding. The Constitution says nothing about abortion."
Megan Wold, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito said, “Roe’s lack of substantial reasoning has delegitimized it from the day it was decided, but today, we know Roe has damaged the Supreme Court as an institution, too. The court should overrule Roe and return abortion policymaking to the American people. The court’s legitimacy depends on it.”
In a legal brief submitted to the Supreme Court arguing in favor of Mississippi's law, Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, MD, a diagnostic radiologist who frequently works with ultrasound on pregnant women, along with other physicians, explained how scientific technology today is far more advanced than in 1973 and reveals much more about the humanity of unborn children.
This technology overrides the dubious arguments made in Roe jurisprudence about viability, fetal development, and fetal pain.
"Scientific advancements over the last 48 years have multiplied, not reduced, those doubts, as the humanity of the unborn child is undeniable," states the legal brief. "The Court should relinquish its role as nationwide abortion regulator and return the job to States and elected officials where it belongs."