Abortion Facts

Abortion Facts

It is imperative that pro-lifers be ready to answer questions about abortion and the risks associated with having an abortion. The below information will help you in answering these questions with provable research.



From the Alan Guttmacher Institute:

  • 926,200 abortions were performed in the U.S. in 2014
  • Nearly 4 in 10 pregnancies end in abortion.
  • 45% of women seeking an abortion have had at least one previous abortion.
  • 46% of abortions are performed on women less than 25 years of age. That breaks down to 12% on adolescents, and 34% on women ages 20-24.
  • Approximately 1/4 of American women have had an abortion by age 45. One in 20 by age 20, and one in five by age 30.
  • Abortion disproportionately affects black and Hispanic women


Dilation & Curettage (D&C)
Occasionally used through the 12th week. After dilation of the cervix, a curette is inserted into the uterus. The baby’s body is cut into pieces and extracted, often by suction. The uterine wall is then scraped to remove the placenta and confirm that the uterus is empty.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
Performed up to 18 weeks. Forceps are inserted into the uterus, grabbing and twisting the baby’s body to dismember it. If the head is too large, it must be crushed in order to remove it.
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Dilation and Extraction (D&X or Partial Birth Abortion)
Performed in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. The cervix is dilated. Forceps extract the live baby by the feet until the head is just inside the cervix. Scissors then puncture the skull, allowing the abortionist to collapse it by suctioning out the contents. The dead baby is then fully removed from the mother. This method is banned in the United States.image 2

Used in the last three months of pregnancy. The womb is entered by a surgical incision in the abdominal wall, similar to a Caesarean section. However, the abdominal cord is usually cut while the baby is still in the womb, cutting off the oxygen supply and causing suffocation. Sometimes, though, the baby is delivered alive and left unattended to die.

Intracardial Injection
Performed at about four months. The chemical digoxin is injected into the baby’s heart, causing immediate death. The dead baby’s body is then reabsorbed by the mother. This method is often used as “pregnancy reduction” when a mother carrying multiples wants fewer children.

Performed during the second half of pregnancy. A hormone-like compound is injected into the muscle of the uterus causing intense contractions and pushing out the baby. The violent contractions often crush the baby to death, though many babies have been born alive using this procedure, then left to die.

Used through the seventh week of pregnancy, RU-486 is a synthetic steroid that blocks the hormone progesterone. Women then take a second drug, prostaglandin to induce contractions and expel the dead baby. Ella, another abortion drug, works in the same way.

Saline Injection
Usually performed during months four through seven. A 20% salt solution (the normal salt solution is .9%) is injected through the mother’s abdomen into the baby’s amniotic fluid. The baby ingests the solution and dies of salt poisoning, dehydration, and hemorrhaging of the brain. The baby’s skin is burned off. A dead or dying baby is delivered. A baby born alive is usually left unattended to die, though some have survived.

Suction Abortion
After dilation of the cervix, a suction curette (a tube with a serrated tip) is inserted into the uterus. The strong suction (29 times the power of a household vacuum cleaner) tears the baby’s body apart and sucks it through the hose into a container. This is the most common method of abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.


Medical Complications

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Sepsis
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scarring of the uterine lining
  • Uterine perforation
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Death

Emotional Complications

  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks of the abortion
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Alcohol and drug abuse

Higher Risk of These Issues Later:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical, ovarian, and liver cancer
  • Placenta previa
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Endometritis
  • Ectopic pregnancy

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Be Confident in Your Ability to Defend the Unborn

With the abortion industry continues to fill the minds of Americans with lies, there is a critical need for reliable information about the abortion epidemic and its far-reaching consequences so that we, as pro-life supporters, can take action for the most vulnerable among us – the unborn. Each day that we remain silent, 2,500 babies die from abortion.

As a pro-life advocate, this doesn’t sit well with you. The good news is that you can do something about it.

Be Confident in Your Ability to Defend the Unborn

Being a pro-life advocate can be challenging. Our mission to defend the unborn can sometimes feel like an uphill battle because our culture has accepted the abortion agenda and has lost its respect for life.

Care Net has put together an easy way for you to be confident in your ability to defend the unborn and compassionately engage our culture about abortion – a free online course!

With more than 40 years of serving women and men at pregnancy centers across North America, the experts at Care Net have carefully put together this course to:

  • arm you with trusted facts on abortion and the industry
  • equip you to confidently and lovingly stand for the unborn

Abortion must come to an end, but the first step to make this happen is for pro-life advocates to learn how to confidently and effectively communicate the reality of abortion.(note: this is not a comprehensive training for pregnancy center professionals — for such training, click here)

Here is what people who have taken the course are saying about it:

I think this class is essential. Thank you for putting together this tangible resource so more people will choose life!”

“I liked hearing about how something as simple as getting the facts on abortion can change a person’s mind if they want to have an abortion or not.”

You can defend the unborn and compassionately engage our culture – ultimately saving more babies from abortion through the information in this free online course! 


Pro-Life Quote

God has a heart for the unborn, and as His church, so should we.”
-John Lindell

Christian Biblical Perspective on Abortion

Ohio Senate Unveils Pro-Life Priorities in Budget

Ohio Senate Unveils Pro-Life Priorities in Budget

DATE: Tuesday, June 11, 2019     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the Ohio Senate released their amended version of the biennial operating budget, which includes several important pro-life provisions.

The following statement may be attributed to Stephanie Ranade Krider, vice president and executive director of Ohio Right to Life:

Ohio is a pro-life state, and the Ohio Senate has clearly proven that with the life-affirming work represented in the budget they have presented today. We are excited to see the Ohio Senate’s inclusion of the Safe Families legislation in the budget. The Safe Families program is vital in protecting and supporting some of our most vulnerable families and children. It allows struggling parents to seek help and intervention from vetted families while getting their lives on track, before child protective services has to get involved, and provides ongoing mentoring and support. We applaud Senate President Obhof, Senator Hottinger and Senator Coley for demonstrating a consistent pro-life ethic supported by our membership.

Additionally, the inclusion of $5 million dollars in the budget for the Ohio Parenting and Pregnancy Program will provide critical support and care for women and their families. This is a $4 million dollar increase from the previous two budget cycles! Life-affirming pregnancy resource centers provide services ranging from pregnancy tests and prenatal care to material resources like diapers which are desperately needed by new mothers. This funding will impact countless mothers and babies by increasing the effectiveness and reach of Ohio’s 140+ pregnancy resource centers. We are grateful for the Ohio Senate’s pro-life majority and how they consistently further pro-life priorities!

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.

What is Natural Family Planning?

Natural family planning (NFP) is fertility awareness, which is simply knowledge of a couple’s fertility. It is a means of reading the body’s signs of fertility and infertility; applying this knowledge through the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) is over 99% effective in postponing pregnancy. A married couple’s virtuous application of this knowledge either to try to achieve a pregnancy or to postpone a pregnancy is called responsible parenthood.

Practicing NFP is 100% natural — there are no drugs, chemicals or devices involved, which is one reason many today find it to be a positive and refreshing alternative to contraceptive methods. NFP honors our dignity as persons by respecting the natural rhythms and functions of the body. It is very common to hear couples who use NFP speak of an increased awe and respect for femininity and their mutual fertility, and a greater sense of empowerment through self-knowledge.

The Couple to Couple League International, Inc.
4290 Delhi Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45238-5829

(Source: https://ccli.org/what-is-nfp/)

40 Days for Life & Culture Project

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Friends for Life:

  1. This Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 Days for Life Campaign internationally and right here in Toledo! Join us as we kick off this year’s campaign on Wednesday September 27th at 6 pm at Capital Care, 1160 West Sylvania Ave., Toledo. We will be joined by Pastor Matt Purdi of H2O Church of the University of Toledo as well as many other pro-life leaders! Join us for what truly can be a historic campaign as we await on the ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court on whether or not Capital Care will have to shut down their doors for good! Finally, we are in desperate need of prayer warriors to pray every day from 7 am – 7 pm at Capital Care. To take a look at the hours visit 40daysforlife.com/toledo!


  1. Secondly, the Culture Project is returning to the Diocese of Toledo to help build what is the foundation of the pro-life movement with our young people inviting them to live lives committed to the dignity of the human person and to live the virtue of chastity. Schedule these missionaries at restoreculture.com before their schedule fills up! Also, if you are interested in meeting the Executive Director of the Culture Project, Cristina Barba, we are hosting a special lunch at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Toledo on Friday October 13th at 12 noon. To rsvp to meet Cristina and enjoy a FREE LUNCH email me at prange@toledodiocese.org.


  1. Thirdly, this Thursday join us at the Catholic Charities Mass Celebrating the Mercy of God & Memorial Service, with Fr. George Wenzinger, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Rose Church, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH, to honor all children who have died and for families who have experienced a pregnancy loss through: still births, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, abortions or early infant deaths. Testimonies from those who have experienced infant loss will follow the Mass at 7:30 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available during testimonies. Fellowship will follow in the St. Rose Cafeteria. For more info, contact Clarissa Lapinski, Project Rachel Coordinator at 419.583.6817; or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.


  1. Fourth, this Sunday is the interdenominational “Life Chain” event which brings people out of the pews and into the street to witness for the unborn. For Toledo area locations visit: http://www.fflnwo.org/life-chain1.html and for the Life Chain brought to you by Tiffin Right to Life in Bascom call 419-937-5615. All events begin at 1:30 p.m.!


  1. Finally, save the date and plan on joining Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for the “Mass in Celebration of the Dignity of Human Life” followed by a Eucharistic Procession to Capital Care. The mass begins at 9 am at St. Catherine’s Church, 4555 N. Haven Ave.,Toledo.


Until every human life enjoys the first fundamental right: the right to life, WE MARCH ON!







P.S. Two more great events take place this weekend for life:


  1. Women’s Health Seminar – Saturday September 30th at the University of Toledo student union 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; for more information visit toledoconference.org or contact Family Life Coordinator Nick De La Torre at ndelatorre@toledodiocese.org.


  1. Respect Life Sunday at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, 4106 State Route 269 – Sunday October 1st Mass with Fr. Rick Friebel, C.PP.S begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch then Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary Walk through the woods. For more information contact: Gayle Alt, Administrative Asst. at Sorrowful Mother Shrine, (419) 483-3435.




Peter Range

Director of Office for Life and Justice

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo

1933 Spielbusch Ave.

Toledo, OH 43604

419-244-6711, ext. 4933

440-821-1533 (cell)




Healing a family after abortion, on Defending Life

Below is our weeky media schedule but first let me give you an important update.

This week we are launching our special project to urge all pastors to publicize alternatives to abortion. The collaboration of Good Counsel Homes and Heartbeat International — with their resources and hotlines numbers — will be central to this project. I will be sending you a separate e-mail with more details letting you know how you can get involved.


Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

Special Appearances

Hear us on EWTN radio on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. Fr. Frank Pavone will be on with Teresa on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8:35 am. Call-in to the live show with questions at 877-573-7825. For more information and to listen to the live show on the internet, go to www.avemariaradio.net/hosts/teresa-tomeo/.

The Gospel of Life on Radio Maria: Life Dynamics

New Episodes Each Week

Airing: Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on Thursday, September 28 at 2 a.m. ET and Monday, October 2 at midnight ET (11 p.m. CT Sunday).  Go to radiomaria.us to listen online.

Topic: Father Frank Pavone will talk with Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, an organization that works to get out the truth about the abortion industry. Also, Priests for Life Brian Young will discuss the 2018 midterm elections.

Ask questions on the live show at 866-333-6279 (MARY) or email us ahead of time at info@gospeloflife.com.

Shows are archived at PriestsForLife.org/RadioMaria.

Defending Life on EWTN: Fatherhood Redeemed

New Episodes and New Airing Times

Airing: Wednesday, September  27 at 3:00 a.m. and Friday, September 29 at 11:00 p.m. You can also stream EWTN online by going to EWTN.com and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: David Rosa will share his abortion experiences and how he found healing for himself and his family.

For more information and details, go to DefendingLife.tv.

The Catholic View for Women on EWTN: Leaps of Faith

New Episodes and New Airing Times

Airing: Thursday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, September 30 at 3:30 a.m.; Sunday, October 1 at 11:30 p.m. ET. You can also stream EWTN online by going to EWTN.com and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: The co-hosts will take a look at some Olympic medal-winning champions who keep their Catholic faith front and center in their lives.

Go to TheCatholicViewforWomen.com for more information.

Facebook Live

Please connect with us on Facebook and tune in to regular Facebook Live videos with Fr. Frank Pavone and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato. Please watch and share them either as they are being recorded live, or afterwards at your convenience.

Recent videos:

Fr. Frank: It’s human reason, not clerical authority!

Fr. Frank: There is no right to be offended

Fr. Stephen: Daily Offering for September 25

Fr. Stephen: Prayer for Unity within the Pro-Life Movement

Fr. Stephen: Daily Offering for September 20 from a New Mexico abortion facility

Fr. Stephen: Daily Offering for September 19 from a Virginia abortion facility


My team and I often write op-eds for various media outlets that are posted online. A list can be seen at our Priests for Life online library. I invite you to read and comment on them. By doing so you can help to spread the pro-life message and counter any anti-life comments that others have submitted.

Stephen King’s Blockbuster It and America’s Abortion Trauma (by Kevin Burke,The Stream, September 20, 2017)

Did Pope Francis Question President Trump’s Pro-Life Credentials? (By Fr. Frank Pavone, Breitbart.com, September 19, 2017)

Aftermath Of A Tragedy: No-Cost Abortions Offered In Texas (by Janet Morana, The Daily Caller, September 7, 2017)

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