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What is Abortion?
|What is Abortion?
Abortion is the premeditated killing of an innocent, unborn human being. In America, unborn babies are being aborted throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Approximately 1.2 million abortions are done every year, and abortion has become the nation's most frequently performed surgical procedure. As will be seen, abortion is a brutal, savage, barbaric practice utterly inconsistent with a Christian worldview.
|Floating in a bubble called the amniotic sac, this 10 week old baby is sensitive to light, sound, and touch, and can feel pain intensely. (Picture in the brochure is depicted actual size. This picture may appear larger depending on screen size.)|
About 90 percent of the abortions are done in the first trimester (13 weeks) of pregnancy. The most frequently used method is Suction Aspiration. A hollow tube connected to a powerful suction machine is pushed through the mother's dilated cervix into the womb, and the child's body is torn to pieces and sucked out.
In addition to surgical procedures, chemical abortions are done in the first trimester. Typically the drug RU486 or a drug called methotrexate is used to kill the developing baby. Then a second drug, prostaglandin, is administered to cause severe uterine contractions, emptying the womb of its contents.
Even the "morning after" pill causes an
abortion by preventing the newly conceived human being from implanting in
body of a 10 week old baby on a collection screen inside the suction
apparatus. Remains are examined to make sure all the body parts are there.
Fragments of the baby left inside the uterus can cause a very serious
Reassembled body parts of a 21 week old baby killed by the D&E method in Dallas, Texas, by abortionist Robert Prince. Pathologist Dr. Patrick Mc Carty wept when he examined the remains.
To kill and remove babies from 13 to 26 weeks of age, when the bodies are larger and the bones harder, the D&E (Dilation and Evacuation) procedure is used. After widely dilating the mother's cervix, the abortionist reaches in with a forceps and wrenches off part of the baby's body, usually an arm or leg. This is continued until the entire body has been dismembered and pulled out. The head of the baby, which is the largest part, is crushed and then removed. Bleeding throughout the procedure is profuse.
After checking to see that all body parts have been
taken out, the remains are disposed of. They are either ground up in
an industrial garbage disposal, burned in an incinerator, or thrown into a
Third Trimester Abortion
During the weeks from 27 to 39, prior to birth, the unborn baby only grows larger and heavier. Unborn children in this age range are viable, that is, if birth occurs or is induced they will ordinarily live.
In Houston, Texas abortionist John B. Coleman ripped off the head of this baby girl in a D&E abortion shortly before she would have been born. The remains were recovered from a dumpster in a rat-infested alley behind the abortion mill.
Nevertheless, these babies are also killed by abortion, either by the D&E method previously described, or by D&X (Dilatation and Extraction), sometimes called the "Partial Birth" abortion.
Partial Birth Abortion
This type of abortion is especially notorious and has recently been banned by the U.S. Congress. To perform this abortion, the live, late-term unborn child is delivered from the mother's body feet first, until all that remains in her body is the baby's head. The skull is then punctured with a surgical scissors and the brains are suctioned out. The baby's dead body is removed and sold for body parts or discarded.
This type of abortion is essentially infanticide.
Reliable medical sources affirm that there is never a valid medical reason
to perform a Partial Birth Abortion.
The abortionist finishing the job of
killing a baby in the Partial Birth Abortion procedure.
While abortion is always fatal to the unborn child, it is frequently injurious to the mother. Well-known physical side effects are profuse bleeding; puncturing of the uterus during suction abortion; massive abdominal infection, usually requiring hysterectomy; shock; subsequent tubal pregnancies; miscarriage and still births; and sterility. Having an abortion also increases the probability of getting breast cancer.
Maternal death, too, is very much a reality in the abortion picture. There are many recorded cases of incompetent abortions having this deplorable outcome.
|Mental and Emotional Side Effects
Even more common than physical injuries are psychological side effects. These commonly include grief, regret, shame, guilt, degradation, and a sense of worthlessness. Also occurring are insomnia, nightmares, exhaustion, nervousness, and severe depression. A known fact is that the suicide rate following abortion is twice that subsequent to a normal birth.