Who’s the Real Radical?

Don’t let the media fool you. America is far more radical than Europe when it comes to abortion.

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, concerning the constitutionality of limits on abortion prior to viability. The case was prompted by a Mississippi law that protects the life of the unborn starting at 15 weeks’ gestation.

When the media tells you that the Mississippi law at issue is extreme, you can point to these FACTS from Europe.

  • 47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion prior to 15 weeks.
  • 14-week limit: Five countries limit elective abortion to 14 weeks, including Germany and Belgium.
  • 12-week limit: A majority of European countries (27) limit elective abortion to 12 weeks, including Denmark, France, and Norway.
  • Requires a reason for abortion: Eight countries, including Great Britain and Finland, do not allow elective abortion, though some permit abortion for specific medical or socioeconomic reasons.
  • Zero out of 50 U.S. states have currently enforceable limits on abortion at 15 weeks.
  • No European nation allows elective abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy, as is effectively permitted in several U.S. states, including California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York.

“The abortion lobby and the so-called mainstream media barrage the American public with messaging that criticizes limits on abortion and the pro-life movement in general,” points out Susan S. Arnall, the League’s Director of Outreach and Engagement.

“The US states striving to place limits on abortion are well within the mainstream of the world. It is the abortion lobby itself that is extreme, and they are doing all they can to gaslight us into believing it’s the other way around.”