I hear and read the phrase "baby killing" from anti-abortionists a lot - but it is a totally wrong desciption! A fertilized egg/embryo/fetus is NOT "a baby"... no more than an apple blossom is an apple. Sure it has the potential to become that - but even that is not certain - it can always be miscarried (GOD's abortion). Nor is a zygote-(1-2 weeks), an embryo-(2-8 weeks) or a fetus-(9-22 weeks) actually "a baby" because they are not viable to live as human beings yet. After all, the state only issues "Birth Certificates" (to certify a live baby as a person) not conception certificates or pregnancy certificates. Even the church does not baptise a fertilized egg or an unborn fetus as baby because the church does not considered it to be an actual person yet. An embryo or fetus is not legally "a person" therefore it can not be "murdered" or have "rights". With unplanned pregnancies, typically a woman won't figure out she is pregnant till about 4 weeks (embryo stage) - about the time of a missed period. At this stage - an embryo looks nothing like a human and is only the size of a sesame seed. > At 8 weeks it's only about the size of a kidney bean and even looks more like a kidney bean than a human. (Nothing like the huge, blown-up late fetus posters anti-abortionist use to deceive the public.) Between 4 to 8 weeks a woman will know she is pregnant and did not plan the pregnancy and does not want to be pregnant -- she will typically decide to get an elective abortion at this early stage of an embryo and NOT wait for it become bigger as a fetus. But here's the big reality check... Most women have abortions at 4 to 8 weeks... during the Embryonic (seed-sized) Stage ! So all those oversized pictures of near-term baby-fetuses anti-abortionists use are false and meant to deceive because most woman don't wait months so they can abort huge near term fetuses unless it has already died inside their womb. Anti-abortionist know this happens and take false photos of "still births" and pass them off as typical abortions when they are not. The women who chooses to abort closer to 22 weeks usually do so for health reasons: * The fetus has already died inside the womb and has to be removed to preserve the health of the woman. * Save the life of the pregnant woman or preserve the woman's physical health due to complications such as: Cervical insufficiency Chronic hypertension during pregnancy Ectopic pregnancy Excessive amniotic fluid (hydramnios or polyhydramnios) Gestational diabetes Gestational hypertension (pregnancy-induced hypertension) Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) Iron-deficiency anemia in pregnancy Low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios) Placenta previa Placental abruption Preeclampsia * Terminate pregnancy that would result in a child born with a congenital disorder that would be fatal or associated with significant morbidity or selectively reduce the number of fetuses to lessen health risks associated with multiple pregnancy. Again... Even at 22 weeks a fetus is not legally or medically considered a person or viable as a human able to live outside the womb.