The anti-abortion Charlotte Lozier Institute reported on Tuesday that 47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion after 15 weeks – the gestational deadline to be recognized by the Supreme Court next term.
While the majority of European countries curb elective abortions to 12 weeks, five countries restrict it to 14 weeks. CLI noted that eight nations don't allow elective abortions at all, although some allow the procedure for specific medical or socioeconomic reasons.
Planned Parenthood and NARAL, two of the nation's most notable supporters on the other side of the issue, did not reply to Fox News' calls for comment.
For decades, the American public has discussed when, if ever, it's appropriate to limit abortion. Polling tends to show majorities of the American public support at least some restrictions. But previous Supreme Court decisions have dramatically prevented states from banning abortion at any time during the total of a woman's pregnancy.
Although Roe v. Wade technically allowed state limitations, its companion decision added an essential sign. The decision in Doe v. Bolton, released on the same day in 1973 as Roe, claimed that life and health of the mother included a wide range of ideas.
In his majority opinion, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that "medical judgment may be practiced following all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age-relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health."
Almost 50 years later, the Supreme Court is set to return the legacy of Roe in a 15-week ban enacted by Mississippi. In taking up the case, the court is expected to consider a wide range of factors – including the science behind life in the womb and whether viability is a proper standard for judging gestational limits.
CLI and other anti-abortion advocates have held that U.S. law should change to keep speed with scientific advancements.
"Mississippi’s law brings the United States a small step closer both to European and global norms," said Angelina B. Nguyen, an associate scholar who authored Tuesday's study.
Supporters like NARAL, however, insist that abortion is a basic human right and a critical part of women's health. In Congress, Democrats are currently seeking measures that would allow taxpayer funding of both overseas and domestic abortions.