Finding 2: Week of Pregnancy

Medically inaccurate” statements were disproportionately concentrated in the first trimester of pregnancy and in the earliest weeks of pregnancy.

A total of 45 percent of statements about the first trimester were rated as medically inaccurate compared to 29 percent in the second trimester and 13 percent in the third trimester. Over 50 percent of statements in week 2 of pregnancy were found to be inaccurate, over 30 percent of statements in week 4 and 38 percent of statements in week 6 were rated as medically inaccurate.

Reviewers found “medically inaccurate” information disproportionately concentrated in weeks 2–6 (LMP) of pregnancy, with week 2 (over 50 percent); week 4 (30%) and week 6 (38%).  90% of all abortions are performed in the first trimester; 64 percent of abortions are performed at or before eight weeks gestation.

Medical Accuracy of Statements in the First Trimester

Medical Accuracy of Statements Pertaining to the First Trimester