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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

President Trump’s Birthday!

Wish President Trump a Happy Birthday!

June 12, 2017

President Donald Trump was among the very first of the generation known as the Baby Boomers, who were born just after World War II. June 14 is his birthday and I am asking you to join me in wishing him a very happy birthday this Wednesday.

But I need you to act on this right away. I leave for Washington on Wednesday morning and want to have your good wishes in my hands when I go, so that I can bring them to the White House!

A native New Yorker, President Trump was born in Jamaica Bay Hospital in Queens.

First Lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, are moving into the White House on the president’s birthday so we know it’s going to be a great day for him. Among the birthday greetings he’ll receive from heads of state, I would like him to be deluged with well wishes from grateful Americans. Will you help me with this project?

This is a man to whom we, who love the Church and love the unborn, owe a lot of gratitude. Not only is he serving our country as President, but he is fighting for our values and for our faith!

So please click here to find out how to send birthday greetings to President Trump. And please pass this along to as many other interested people as you can!



Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life



Priests for Life
PO Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 888-735-3448
Fax: 718-980-2542

Hope in the midst of the darkness

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“And the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

John 1:4-5

Friends for Life:

What a grace filled time of year! I absolutely love Advent, as we celebrate the Incarnation and prepare for Christ’s second and final return! What a joy to know that it is Christ’s light that gives us hope in the midst of the darkness around us. What a joy to know that we can have hope in every circumstance, for the light is ultimately greater than the darkness!

I pray you are able to take some extra time this Advent as we prepare for Christmas to just be with the Lord, and fan the flame within you so you can grow into maturity with Him.

As we take that extra time to pray, perhaps you are also feeling a call to give a little extra time for the poor and the cause of life as well. Follow and listen to those impulses! God is calling you to the mission field so that His light within you might illumine those dark places in our world. Thus, I wanted to invite you out tonight, Wednesday November 30th at 5:30 pm to Capital Care Abortion Facility to pray for the end of abortion, and give thanks to God for his gift of life. Capital Care’s address is: 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo and our vigil will end promptly by 6:30 pm.

If you can’t make it out tonight please consider joining us for our candlelight vigil that will be held at Capital Care as well, on Thursday December 15th, also at 5:30 pm at Capital Care. Please bring a candle from home as we will pray by candlelight in honor of the Christ Child. Please see flyers attached for that prayer vigil.

Also, I wanted to make you aware that the death penalty is slated to resume in the state of Ohio in January 2017. Please pray that God’s tenderness and mercy will be upon the victims’ families and those on death row, including Ronald Phillips who’s clemency hearing is tomorrow. If clemency is denied Mr. Phillips is scheduled to be executed on January 12th 2017. We certainly don’t condone Mr. Phillips’ horrific actions, but we certainly also pray that the mercy of God will prevail and the execution will be stayed.

Finally, don’t forget about these ongoing and upcoming events below as we look forward to advancing the mission in 2017.

For the Kingdom,



, Dec. 15, 2016 – Candlelight Vigil for Life, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH. Bring a candle and join members of the Pro-Life community of Northwest Ohio for an hour of peaceful prayer as we bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life.

, Jan. 12, 2017 Candlelight Vigil for Life (To abolish the death penalty) Save the Date Time & Place TBD After a three-year hiatus, Ohio plans to resume executions by lethal injection on January 12. We are planning a peaceful prayer vigil so the Pro-Life community of Northwest Ohio can remind our society that we are loved not for what we do, or failed to do, but rather for who we are: sons and daughters of the living King.

 , Jan. 26 – Sat. Jan. 28, 2017 March For Life in Washington, DC. 2 busses of college students, young adults and their families will leave St. Thomas More Parish in Bowling Green, Thurs., Jan. 26th and return Sat. Jan. 28th. Catholic Charities Office for Life and Justice is leading the trip which includes one night (Fri. Jan. 27th) in a Washington D.C. hotel. For information on registration and pricing, please see attached flyers. Join us as we march for the dignity of all human life, born and unborn!

, Jan. 28, 2017 Project Rachel Healing Retreat for women suffering from a past abortion. For more information and confidential reservations, call 1-888-456-HOPE or email

, March 1, 2017 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign begins at 7 a.m. and continues through April 10. Pray for one hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside Capital Care Network, Toledo, OH, in a peaceful mission to end abortion in our community. For more info, call Peter Range 419.214.4933; or email

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)


The Lessons a Formerly Pro-Choice Nursing Instructor Can Teach Us All

NRL News Today

The lessons a formerly pro-choice nursing instructor can teach us all

By Dave Andrusko

BernardNathanson4I hope you are one of the thousands of people who read NRLC’s Facebook page. It is a deep reservoir of very interesting and very informative pro-life news.

If you’re not, click on and be prepared to learn and to be inspired.

A woman was kind enough to forward to NRLC’s Facebook page a link to a post titled, “How a Formerly Pro-Choice Nursing Instructor Discusses Abortion with her Students.” Written by Cynthia Isabell, it is a long post, but very, very much worth reading.

With that encouragement in mind, let me offer an overview.

Since 1980, Cynthia has been a labor and delivery nurse who also worked in a hospice. “Being a nurse,” she writes, “has allowed me to be present with people through their early beginnings of intrauterine life, and with others through their last breaths. It has been an amazing and rewarding journey. Life is precious and life is fleeting, and life should be respected. I am pro-life.”

The first half of the post is an exceptionally thoughtful point-by-point explanation of how Cynthia skillfully addresses abortion with her nursing students. She addresses the stereotype that opposition to abortion must be/can only be based on religious faith.

Unbornbaby992In fact her current position on abortion relies, she tells her readers, on her “understanding of human biology and embryology as well as my own experiences with abortion and thousands of pregnant patients which have shaped my current position on abortion.”

The post is fascinating on many levels, one of which we learn early on and developed later: she has not always been pro-life. She assisted in so-called “therapeutic abortions” until being around this kind of deliberately- induced death proved to be too much.

Perhaps the most powerful section details how she had persuaded herself to take part in an abortion–“I believed that it was acceptable because I was not actually performing the abortion and I was only taking care of the mother while the physician performed the abortion”– and how the brutality of abortion gradually removed the scales from her eyes.

However Cynthia “continued to care for the women who were having medical, ‘therapeutic’ abortions.”

With these abortions, the labor is induced and the woman delivers an intact baby which will then slowly die by suffocation. We wrap the baby in a blanket and the parents often want to hold the baby they are killing and bond with it while it slowly suffocates, believing the lie they were told that the baby is not suffering. There was one that was performed for what were dubious reasons, but the patient and her family were adamant that it needed to be done. I arrived to work after the baby had already been born and had died. I was supposed to take the baby to wrap it to go to the morgue, but I took the baby to another room and held it while I cried. I never helped with another abortion after that.

Her post ends on the reassuring note that all of us–not just nursing instructors or writers or anyone else who has a lot of experience communicating–can and should tell the pro-life story in their circles.


Cynthia writes, “We can combat the abortion industry through education, through conversation with our friends and coworkers.” We may not realize it, but “Our friends and family members and coworkers are listening, so it’s time we start offering a different message than the one that the media bombards them with.”

Amen to that.


Every Life Update – New Baby, Culture Project and so much more!

As any of you parents know I could go on for a few pages about the joy of parenthood, but alas being a parent instills in me now an even deeper appreciation for the gift of life, and a greater zeal to fight for a more loving, peaceful, and Christ-centered world.


In that vein, please pray for these following initiatives right around the corner:


  1. Culture Project Missionaries: Please spread the word that scheduling for the Culture Project Missionaries that will return this October (and will be here through May!) to preach about the dignity of the Human Person will begin in full force August 23rd. You can go to to schedule this year’s missionaries at your school or parish.


  1. 40 Days for Life: Begins September 28th – Sign up to take an hour to pray each week at Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility: We’ve tried every legal alternative to save children, now let’s try God’s prerogative – let’s PRAY for the end of abortion!


  1. 54 Day Novena for Our Nation: TODAY begins a 54 Day Novena for our nation. Catholics in particular are called to pray the rosary daily during these 54 days. You can learn more here: As Cardinal Burke states: “There is no doubt that our beloved nation is in one of the worst crises which it has ever experienced, a profound moral crisis which generates division on all levels and results in an ever-greater more pervasive violence and killing. For Roman Catholics, who have always been known for their faith-filled patriotism, the first response to this crisis is fervent prayer and, in particular, prayer through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Mary Immaculate who is also the patroness of our nation.”


Finally, check out a few of these upcoming events here in August:


  1. 40 Days for Life Meeting (Thursday August 18 at 6 pm; Pastoral Center, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo): We will discuss the urgent need in our community to stand up together across denominations to fight for the end of abortion in our community through using the peaceful means of prayer, fasting and public witness. Join us to help finally end abortion here in Toledo!


  1. Run Baby Walk Event (Saturday, August 20, at 9 am; 3000 Arlington Ave., Toledo): Join the Pregnancy Center of Toledo for a fun 1 mile walk or 5k run to support their tremendous work in helping mothers and fathers choose life in our community! Find out more on their Facebook Event here:


  1. Should Christians Vote for Trump? (Wednesday August 24th 6 pm; Maumee Public Library): Join University of Toledo Professor Lee Strang and myself as we have a friendly debate to talk about this year’s Presidential election. I won’t be telling you who you should vote for, but hope to share some principles from Catholic Social Teaching that might help in informing your decision!


  1. Women’s Health and Fertility Seminar (Saturday August 27 at 10 am; St. John the Baptist Church, 109 N. Main Street, Glandorf): Leading experts and medical health professionals are gathering to share the good news about NaPro technology and addressing women’s health from a holistic perspective. Don’t miss this exciting seminar to help build the pro-life culture! See attached flyer!


  1. Live Laudato Si’ (Saturday August 27 at 1 pm; Most Holy Rosary Cathedral Auditorium): Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Sister Sharon Havelak, OSF and more to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ on

Saturday August 27th. The event will include welcoming the community to share how we can care for our common home and discover resources available to move forward in our local community and beyond.



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)