Abortion Methods

Contraception (1-2 weeks)

  • Birth Control Pills – contains low dose hormones which prevent ovulation. The egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube, then hormones cause the uterus lining to slough off preventing implanting. Life begins, but is prevented from continuing.
  • IUD (Inter Uterine Device) – a spiral device of copper or silicone. Its presence causes an inflammatory response and prevents implantation of a fertilized egg.
  • Morning After Pill – consists of a high dose of progesterone, which precipitates exfoliation of the lining of the womb preventing implantation of the fertilized egg.

In-vitro Fertilization

In fertility treatments, genetic studies, and for research the egg (up to 10) is extracted from the woman’s ovary and fertilized in a petri dish with male sperm. The excess fertilized eggs, not implanted in the mother, are destroyed or frozen for future use.

Chemical Abortion (1-8 weeks)

Methotrexate (anti-cancer and rheumatic drug) and Prostaglandins (smooth muscle contraction) are used. These drugs are available by prescription only and three doctor visits are required. The abortion occurs at home.

Abortion Pill – Ru-486 (1-8)

Ru-486 is an abortion inducing drug. Prostaglandin which causes contractions is taken 5 days later. Three office visits are required. It may require a surgical procedure if it is incomplete.

Suction Aspiration (1-6 weeks)

A hollow tube with a knife like top is put in the womb. Strong suction tears the baby to pieces. The pieces are sucked from the mother into a jar for disposal.

D & C Abortion (8-13 weeks) – Dilatation and Curettage

A loop shaped steel knife cuts the baby away from the wall of the mother’s womb and cuts it into pieces. The pieces are removed by suction into a jar for disposal. This is the most common of all abortion methods.

 D & E Abortion (16-20 weeks) – Dilatation and Evacuation

Specially designed tools are inserted into the uterus to dismember the baby’s body and crush its skull. The body parts are removed with forceps. There is strong evidence the baby experiences pain.

Saline Injection (20-40 weeks)

A strong salt solution is injected into the placenta. The baby inhales and swallows the poisonous solution. The baby has convulsions, internal hemorrhaging and its skin peels off. The baby dies after 2-24 hours, occasionally much longer. The mother delivers a dead or dying baby within 24-48 hours.

D & X Abortion (20-40 weeks) – Dilatation and Extraction or Partial-Birth Abortion

The baby is delivered breech (feet, buttocks first). Before the baby’s head is delivered, a long hollow tube is inserted in the base of the skull and the baby’s brain is extracted, killing the baby, and delivery is completed. The brain tissue has been used in medical experimentation in Parkinson’s, Alzheimers and other diseases.

Hysterotomy (premature Caesarean section) (20+ weeks)

The baby is born alive; however, no attempt is made to sustain its life. The cord is cut and the baby is set aside to die.

 Selective Reduction Abortion (20+ weeks)

This technique is used when there are multiple pregnancies, due to the use of fertility drugs or in vitro fertilization, or when one or more of the babies is disabled or diseased. With the use of ultrasound, a needle is inserted in the baby’s heart and a solution of K+ (potassium) is injected which kills the baby(ies). The dead baby(ies)’s remains are delivered at the birth of the other children.

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