Female Physician: ‘Late-Term Abortion Is Never Medically Necessary’

Michael Morris | February 13, 2019 | 3:50pm EST
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Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie is a Senior Policy Advisor for The Catholic Association. She writes and speaks widely, in both Spanish and English, about Catholicism, religious freedom, and the intersection of faith and science.

In a video post on her Twitter page, Grazie Pozo Christie, M.D., a physician and Senior Policy Advisor for The Catholic Association addressed the media’s description of late-term abortion, stating, “Late-term abortion is never medically necessary.”

“So, late-term abortion is never medically necessary,” stated Dr. Christie. “This is an absolute scientific reality.”

Dr. Grazie P. Christie’s remarks on late-term abortion came after after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act and after Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D) “introduced a bill, House Bill No. 2491, that would eliminate restrictions on abortion in Virginia and would permit abortions to be performed right up to the moment of birth.” Del. Tran later said her bill doesn’t legalize late-term abortion, it just makes it easier. Meanwhile, several networks ignored Virginia Dems supporting late, post-term abortions.

Below is a transcript of Dr. Christie’s comments from her Twitter post on Feb. 8, 2019:

“I’ve just come from the gym, and I am in no fit state to be making videos, but I am so frustrated by the media and the way that they described late-term abortion as medically necessary.

“As a physician, I can tell you with perfect confidence that if a woman, a pregnant woman’s health is endangered in the third trimester, there is never a reason to stop the child’s heart with an injection and dismember the child on the way out – in other words, to do a late-term abortion.

“There is always the possibility of delivering the child immediately through a live birth or a C-section, and then letting that child, even if the child is premature at 24- or 25-weeks – a time at which many children can survive – that child can take his or her chances and can be cared for in the neonatal ICU. In these ICUs, children are cared for with so much passion by the people who love them, their doctors and their nurses and also their parents.

“So, late-term abortion is never medically necessary. This is an absolute scientific reality.”

In an attempt to re-explain her comments on late-term abortion, Dr. Grazie P. Christie later posted a response video tweet on her Twitter page on Feb. 11, 2019, Dr. Christie suggesting that she “received a torrent of abuse on Twitter” in response to her previous video.

Below is a transcript of her video tweet response:

“After I posted a video saying that late-term abortion is never necessary to save a pregnant woman’s life, I received a torrent of abuse on Twitter. And that’s okay. I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to be hated in pursuing a good cause.

“But I’d like to explain something that I think was lost on a lot of the abusers, and that is that when a woman is in her third trimester of pregnancy especially and she is suffering from something that is endangering her life, such as preeclampsia, she needs to have her pregnancy ended.

“There are two ways to end a pregnancy: One is abortion, which is the direct killing of an infant, sometimes through a heart-stopping injection and then delivery of a dead child. The other way is direct dismemberment and pulling out the child. That’s an abortion. There’s another way to end a pregnancy, and that is to deliver the child. That is not an abortion. Even if the child doesn’t survive this early delivery, the child was not directly killed, and therefore, the child was not aborted.

“So, that’s an explanation. I hope that people who misunderstood my original video will now feel better about my comments and understand that it comes from a place of wanting to honor the life of the child and honor the life of the mother as well. And this is an ethical consideration for me as a doctor, primarily.”

Posting a third video tweet, Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie asked on Wednesday morning, “Why do women ask for a third trimester abortion?” Responding to the question posed in her tweet, Dr. Christie answered, “It’s not usually for fetal disability.”

“‘Most women seeking later abortion fit at least one of five profiles: They were raising children alone, were depressed or using illicit substances, were in conflict with a male partner or experiencing domestic violence, had trouble deciding … or were young and nulliparous,’” noted Dr. Christie, citing the Guttmacher Institute. “These are very sad situations, and our sisters need support through these terrible times in their lives, but we should honor both the life of the mother and the baby and try to get them both the, try to get both of these people through safely through these difficult pregnancies.”

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