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General information on Abortion

You should know that women experience different emotions after an abortion. Some women may feel guilty, sad, or empty. Some women have reported serious psychological effects after their abortion, including depression, grief, anxiety, lowered self-esteem, regret, suicidal thoughts and behavior, sexual dysfunction, avoidance of emotional attachment, flashbacks, and substance abuse. These emotions may appear immediately after an abortion, or gradually over a longer period of time. These feelings may recur or be felt stronger at the time of another abortion, or a normal birth, or on the anniversary of the abortion. But there is loving help out there. No judgement!

Counseling or support after your abortion is very important. If family help and support are not available to you, it may be harder for you to deal with the feelings that appear after an abortion. If counseling is not available to the woman, these feelings may be more difficult to handle. There are some great sites to help you on the Emergency HotLines Page. I hope you find what you need to heal!

Before You Make Your Decision - Watch 22 Weeks (Length 26:51)

Surgical or Suction Abortion

Procedure | Illustration | Risks

Surgical abortion, also known as suction aspiration abortion, can be performed in a one-day procedure.

This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the baby's body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the baby's parts out of the uterus. (The doctor may refer to the baby and baby's parts as the “products of conception” or fetus and fetal parts).

suction abort

Risks of suction abortion include:

Damage to the womb or cervix
Uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus with one of the instruments used)
Excessive bleeding
Vaginal drainage with a foul odor
Vaginal drainage that looks like pus
Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
Scarring of the inside of the uterus
Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing
Feeling sad or depressed after this procedure

D & E (Dilation/Dilitation and Evacuation)

Procedure | Illustration | Risks

By Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist:

"Typically when the abortion procedure is started we typically know that the fetus is still alive because either we can feel it move as we're making our initial grasps or if we're using some ultrasound visualization when we actually see a heartbeat as we're starting the procedure. It's not unusual at the start of D&E procedures that a limb is acquired first and that that limb is brought through the cervix and even out of the vagina prior to disarticulation and prior to anything having been done that would have caused the fetal demise up to that point."

"When you're doing a dismemberment D&E, usually the last part to be removed is the skull itself and it's floating free inside the uterine cavity…So it's rather like a ping-pong ball floating around and the surgeon is using his forcep to reach up to try to grasp something that's freely floating around and is quite large relative to the forcep we're using. So typically there's several misdirections, misattempts to grasp. Finally at some point either the instruments are managed to be place around the skull or a nip is made out of some area of the skull that allows it to start to decompress. And then once that happens typically the skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece…"

Update: This is legislation in the US Congress to outlaw this procedure. I'll find more info and post it.

D&E Abort

Risks related to D&E include:

Puncture of the uterus
Scarring of the uterine lining (may lead to infertility later)
Tear of the cervix

Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion

Procedure | No Illustration | Risk

Chemicals are injected into the amniotic sac, and prostaglandin is inserted into the vagina. The uterus contracts intensely to push out the baby. These contractions are not only more intense than normal contractions, but also quite violent. These contractions by the mother crush the baby and often kill the unborn child in delivery, and have even decapitated some. This method is not frequently used today, as D&E procedures is now preferred.

Risks related to Chemical Abortion include:

Retained placenta
Cervical trauma
Cardiac arrest
Rupture of the uterus
Death of Mother is Possible

Salt Poisoning Abortion (Saline Injection)

Procedure | No Illustration | Risk

After 16 weeks, a needle full of a salt solution is injected through the mother’s abdomen so as to reach the baby’s sac. The baby is not merely poisoned when he swallows the solution; rather, his outer layer of skin is also burned off. The baby will also not die right away, as it usually takes over an hour for him to die. The mother usually gives birth to a dead or dying baby before 24 hours later.

Like animals, babies cannot tell us whether they are in pain. One indication of suffering is their reaction to what we would find painful. The contortion on the face of this baby, after the burning of the skin by the salt solution, may be an indication of what the infant has endured.

Risks related to Salt Poisoning Abortion include:

Hypertonic saline can casue the mother to expereience consumption coagulopathy (uncontrolled blood clotting throughout the body) with severe hemorrhage as well as other serious side effects on the central nervous system. Seizures, coma, or death may also result from saline inadvertently injected into the womans vascular system.

Partial-Birth Abortion

Procedure | Illustration | Risk

Partial-Birth Abortion is a procedure in which the abortionist pulls a living baby feet-first out of the womb and into the birth canal, except for the head, which the abortionist purposely keeps lodged just inside the cervix (the opening to the womb). The abortionist punctures the base of the baby’s skull with a surgical instrument, such as a long surgical scissors or a pointed hollow metal tube called a trochar. He then inserts a catheter (tube) into the wound, and removes the baby's brain with a powerful suction machine. This causes the skull to collapse, after which the abortionist completes the delivery of the now-dead baby.

partial birth abort

Risks related to Partial-Birth Abortion include:

An increased risk of suffering from cervical incompetence
Difficult or impossible for a woman to successfully carry a subsequent pregnancy to term
An increased risk of uterine rupture
Amniotic fluid embolus (Blood Clot)
Trauma to the uterus
A risk of lacerations and secondary hemorrhaging
Severe bleeding
Threat of shock
And could ultimately result in maternal death.

Medical Abortion - RU 486

Procedure | No Illustration | Risk

In the first visit, the woman is given the drug RU 486. RU 486 blocks the action of progesterone, the natural hormone vital to maintaining the rich nutrient lining of the uterus. The developing baby starves as the nutrient lining disintegrates.

At a second visit 36 to 48 hours later, the woman is given a dose of artificial prostaglandins, usually misoprostol, which initiates uterine contractions and usually causes the embryonic baby to be expelled from the uterus. as many as 5 days later.

The FDA, with no fanfare, released its April 2011 report showing 14 women in the United States alone have died from using the mifepristone abortion drug and 2,207 women have been injured by it.

Of the women experiencing medical and physical problems resulting from the abortion drug, 612 women required hospitalizations, 339 experienced blood loss significant enough to require a transfusion, 256 experienced infections and 48 women experienced what the FDA labeled as “severe infections.” Given that the RU 486 abortion drug caused sepsis, a potentially lethal infection that resulted in the deaths of women from around the world, the “serious infections” were very likely life-threatening situations.

"Severe infections generally involve death or hospitalization for at least 2-3 days, intravenous antibiotics for at least 24 hours, total antibiotic usage for at least 3 days, and any other physical or clinical findings, laboratory data or surgery that suggest a severe infection," the FDA report stated.

Women developing infections from usage of the RU 486 abortion drug experienced endometritis (involving the lining of the womb), pelvic inflammatory disease (involving the nearby reproductive organs such as the fallopian tubes or ovaries), and pelvic infections with sepsis (a serious systemic infection that has spread beyond the reproductive organs).

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