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What is abortion?

Types of abortion

Is the unborn baby a living human being?

Health risks of abortion

What is abortion?

The term "abortion" actually refers to any premature expulsion of a human fetus, whether naturally spontaneous, as in a miscarriage, or artifically induced, as in a surgical or chemical abortion. Today, the most common usage of the term abortion applies to artificially induced abortion.

In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion in all 50 states during all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason, medical, social, or otherwise.

The vast majority of all abortions performed today are done for social, not medical reasons -- because a woman doesn't feel ready for a baby at the time, because her partner wants her to have an abortion, etc. Approximately 93% of all induced abortions are done for elective, non-medical reasons such as these.

Abortion ends a pregnancy by destroying and removing the developing child. That baby's heart has already begun to beat by the time the mother misses her period and begins to wonder if she might be pregnant (about 31 days after the mother's last menstrual period or LMP). Surgical abortions are usually not performed before seven weeks, or 49 days LMP. By that time, the baby has identifiable arms and legs (day 45) and displays measurable brain waves (about 40 days). During the seventh through tenth weeks, when the majority of abortions are performed, fingers and genitals appear and the child's face is recognizably human.

Source: "Abortion: Some Medical Facts", NRLC Educational Trust Fund pamphlet, 1996.

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Types of abortion

Suction abortion

Suction abortion is performed between 6 and 12 weeks. This method involves the insertion of a tube through the cervix (mouth of the womb). Connected to a powerful suction, this tears apart the body of the developing baby and sucks it out. Then, either with this tube or with a curette, (a loop shaped steel knife), the abortionist cuts and slices the deeply rooted placenta, the afterbirth, from the inner wall of the womb. Up to 95% of abortions are done this way. Sometimes body parts are easily identified.

Source: "Life or Death", Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Willke, Hayes Publishing Co. Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996. Used with permission.

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Dilitation and curettage (D&C)

Similar to the suction procedure except the abortionist inserts a tiny hoe-like instrument into the uterus. With this, the abortionist cuts the baby into pieces and scrapes him/her out into a basin. Bleeding is usually profuse.

Source: "She's A Child Not A 'Choice'" Advertising Supplement, Human Life Alliance of Minnesota Education Fund, Inc. 1996.

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Dilitation and evacuation (D&E)

Performed between 12 and 20 weeks, this method utilizes a sharp toothed, pliers-like instrument. The abortionist grasps a part of the body of the baby and tears it away. This dismemberment of the living baby continues, without any fetal anesthetic, until all parts, plus the deeply rooted afterbirth, are removed. Bleeding is profuse.

Source: "Life or Death", Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Willke, Hayes Publishing Co. Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996. Used with permission.

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Salt poisoning

After 16 weeks, a long needle is inserted through the mother's abdomen into the baby's sac and a solution of concentrated salt is injected. The baby breathes in and swallows the salt and is poisoned by it. It takes over an hour to slowly kill the baby. The mother will go into labor about 24 hours later and deliver the "Product of Pregnancy".

Source: "Life or Death", Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Willke, Hayes Publishing Co. Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996. Used with permission.

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Hysterotomy or Caesarean Section

Used mainly in the last three months of pregnancy, the womb is entered by surgery through the wall of the abdomen. The tiny baby is removed and allowed to die by neglect or direct act.

Source: "She's A Child Not A 'Choice'" Advertising Supplement, Human Life Alliance of Minnesota Education Fund, Inc. 1996.

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Prostaglandin abortion

This drug causes the woman to go into labor at any stage of pregnancy. It is used in middle and late pregnancy to induce abortion. Its major "complication" is "live birth". It also can cause serious maternal injury.

Recently, it has been used with RU-486 to increase its "effectiveness".

Source: "Life or Death", Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Willke, Hayes Publishing Co. Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996. Used with permission.

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Partial birth abortion

After 3 days of dilating the cervix, the abortionist reaches up the birth canal, grasps a leg and pulls it down and out, then the other leg, body, shoulder and arms. At this point with a gentle pull, he could deliver the final 3 or 4 inches (the head) and send the baby to the nursery. Rather, he inserts scissors into the base of the baby's skull, separates the blades, and inserts a suction tube into the skull and sucks out the brains. This kills the baby who is then removed.

Source: "Life or Death", Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Willke, Hayes Publishing Co. Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996. Used with permission.

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RU-486

RU-486 – A Human Pesticide

RU-486 kills a developing baby after his or her heart has begun to beat.

RU-486 blocks a vital nutrient hormone, Progesterone. The embryonic baby, which implanted into the nutrient lining of the mother’s womb at least two weeks earlier, can be compared to a grape on a vine. If the stem is pinched, preventing the nourishing sap to reach the grape, it will wither, die and drop off. Just so, if this drug is used, it causes the embryonic baby to wither and die. A second drug, prostaglandin, is used to expel the dead baby from her womb.

Counting from the first day of her last normal menstrual period, it is effective only from the fifth through the seventh week. Some claim success, but with decreasing effectiveness, into the 9th week.

RU-486 alone is effective from 60 to 80% of the time. If Prostaglandin is added, the abortion rate rises to 95%.

The Procedure

First Visit: She must have a thorough history, physical exam and blood count. If she’s anemic, has high blood pressure, kidney disease, smokes or is over 35, she is rejected. Finally, she needs an ultrasound exam to confirm the age of her baby and to rule out a tubal pregnancy.

She must sign permission and, in some states or nations, wait 1 or more days.

Second Visit: She takes the pills.

Third Visit: She is given the prostaglandin drug. This produces hard labor. Usually the baby parts are passed that day.

Fourth Visit: If she has not aborted or if there is still bleeding, she will need an ultrasound to determine if the uterus is empty. If not she needs a D&C. The French Ministry of Health requires that the abortion facility be equipped with an EKG, IV equipment, and a “crash cart” with a defibrillator in the event of a heart attack resulting from the drugs.

Complications

Bleeding: Common to most cases is prolonged bleeding, averaging 9 to 30 days. In the controlled testing reported to date, one woman in a hundred bled so badly, she needed either a D&C surgical scraping out of her womb and/or a blood transfusion. In undeveloped countries, such treatment is often not available, and some of these women will bleed to death.

Pain: Studies vary, but well over half of women need specific pain medication, with about one-third needing narcotics. There is nausea and vomiting in most cases.

Tubal Pregnancy: These drugs do not kill an embryo growing in her tube. A woman with a tubal pregnancy could take the drug, bleed, think she had passed everything and then suddenly rupture a tube. This is potentially fatal. The only preventive is to do an ultrasound exam on every woman, a test that costs as much as an entire surgical abortion.

Incomplete Abortion: This necessitates surgical intervention and a D&C scraping out of the womb.

Psychological Upset: None other than Dr. Edwardo Sakiz, president of Roussel Uclaf, said, “The woman must live with this for a full week, this is an appalling psychological ordeal.”

Sometimes she will pass parts of the baby at home. Firm instructions are that she must save whatever passes in a jar, and bring it to the doctor to see if everything is out. In a surgical abortion, she rarely is allowed to see the pieces. Here she will and she’ll never forget.

Post-Abortion Syndrome: Many women getting abortions are very ambivalent. One defense mechanism for her is to say “I can’t help it. I have no choices. Anyhow they are doing this to me.” With this, she swallows the pills and does it to herself.

More research needs to be done on this, but indications are that Post-Abortion Syndrome will be just as common from this method as from surgery.

Death?: At least one woman has died. Another had a cardiac arrest, a third, ventricular fibrillation. Both would be dead except that the clinic had a defibrillator and shocked them back to life. Such equipment is rare in U.S. or Canadian doctors’ offices. In France, severe cardiac complications occurred in 1 case in 20,000.

In Third World countries, many women will probably die from the bleeding.

Source: “RU-486 A Human Pesticide”, J.C. Willke, M.D., Hayes Publishing Co., Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1995. Used with permission.

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Is the unborn baby a living human being?

YES

YES! The unborn baby is alive from the moment of fertilization.

YES! The unborn baby has a heartbeat at three weeks and brain waves at six weeks.

YES! The unborn baby is complete! He or she is programmed from the inside for an ongoing process of growth and development.

YES! The unborn baby has 46 chromosomes in the cells of his or her body -- the scientifically verifiable human genetic code.

YES! The answer is clear. . .You were you from the moment of fertilization -- a unique human being -- never to be repeated in all of history.

Nothing magic occurs at birth which suddenly makes an unborn baby human. The baby is the same baby, whether inside or outside the uterus.

Every unborn baby is a complete, individual, living human being from the earliest moment of his or her existence at fertilization.

Source: "Abortion: Some Medical Facts", NRLC Educational Trust Fund pamphlet, 1996.

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Health risks of abortion

POSSIBLE PHYSICAL EFFECTS

  • Sterility
  • Miscarriages
  • Tubal pregnancies
  • Stillbirths
  • Problems with menstruation
  • Infections
  • Shock
  • Coma
  • Perforated uterus
  • Fever / cold sweats
  • Loss of other organs
  • Parts of the baby left inside
  • Death in some cases
  • Crying
  • Anorexia / obesity
  • Decreased ability to work and concentrate
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances

POSSIBLE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS

  • Guilt
  • Suicidal impulses
  • Mourning
  • Regret and remorse
  • Loss in decision making confidence
  • Lower self esteem
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Hostility
  • Despair
  • Desire to remember death date
  • Preoccupation with "would-be" birth date
  • Intense interest in babies
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Inability to forgive self
  • Self hatred
  • Nightmares
  • Feelings of being exploited
  • Child abuse
  • Desire to end relationship with partner
  • Helplessness

Source: "The Effects of Abortion", Publication #605, Heritage House '76 Inc. Used with permission.

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