I want to ask some questions about the abortion issue in the US. I am in my heart against abortions, but I recognise the fact, at least in my country, that it will be difficult to stop them as this is a little debated issue and there seems to be a big majority support for the current system. Here as in most countries the abortions laws were decided by the parliment, not by some small group of lawiers like the supreme court of the US did.
I feel that is wrong having such a small, unelected group of people decide such a major issue. But I am also not happy with the current laws, but I can at least fight for changes by democratic means and it is not impossible that there will be a parlimentary majority for changing the laws one day, although now it is more likely that such changes would result in it beeing even easier to have abortions than now.
Iceland was one of the first countries to allow abortions in the 1930´s, but it had to be accepted by a committee of doctors and other specialists on socialogical or medical grounds but that committee was sometimes way to long taking decisionswich resulted in abortions taking blace often on the fifth and sixth month of pregnasies, of course way to long into the pregnancy. But the changes made to the law in the 1970´s were bad, it should have been enough to just speed up the decision process of the committee.
Now pregnant women can decide to have abortions completely on their own as late as on 16. week of their pregnancies, but pregnancies are also done later than that in case of medical reasons if the mothers health or life is threatened by the pregnancies. Actually between 12. and 16. week the decision can be referred to the committee (or another I am not sure) if some disagreement rises between doctors and the woman wether or not abortions should take place. But it seems that the committe is packed by pro choise people, even though it is so late in the pregnancy so it says almost newer no.
How is it, for how long time into the pregnancies can women in the US have abortions, and do they have to show that there are any grounds for the decision like here? Do they maybe have to show some medical reasons to have abortions after some time into the pregnancies like here? Or is it true that abortions are often done s late as into the 27. week? How about the abortion pill (RU-486) is that allowed? What about postinor, is that allowed?