Excusing partial-birth abortion is a thing, apparently, at NPR. This is from their fact-check from last night’s presidential debate:
Very few of the millions of abortions performed each year involve dilation and extraction, which is called “partial-birth abortion” by opponents. These are abortions performed after 20 weeks. It would be extremely unusual, if it is done at all, for this kind of abortion to be done only a few days before a nine-month term is reached. Very few providers in the country still perform D&X; abortions. For more background on this type of abortion, click here.