“You Formed My Inmost Being; You Knit me In my Mother’s Womb.” Psalm 139:13
“We are carved in the palm of his hand; that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception, and is called by God to love and to be loved.” Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Is abortion ever necessary to “save the life of the mother”?
It’s dropped on the daily basis: Abortion should be legal except in cases where the life of the mother is threatened by the pregnancy. But should it?
Politicians who do not affirm the legitimacy of abortion under these circumstances are written off as straight-up lunatics. Who could be so callous, opponents ask, as to deny life to a pregnant woman whose life is threatened by her pregnancy? The truth is, there is one massive misconception about the “life of the mother” exception. That is the belief that abortion is sometimes necessary to save the life of the mother.
The abortion procedure is not – ever – necessary to save the life of a mother. There are, however, maternal health risks that require a treatment that cause the unfortunate, indirect, and unintentional death of an unborn child. For instance, in life-threatening ectopic pregnancies that require removal of a Fallopian tube, the pregnancy (including the unborn child) will be removed along with the Fallopian tube. The intention in this procedure is first and foremost to save the life of the mother, and in order to do so, a physician must perform a procedure that indirectly causes the death of her unborn child.
This is not an abortion. Furthermore, a true abortion – in which the direct intention is to end the life of a human being – is not a treatment for any type of maternal health risk. The death of a baby never saves his or her mother; procedures that may lead to a child’s death save the life of the mother.
The Association of Pro-Life Physicians, whose mission is to practice pro-life medical ethics as the only legitimate means of living out the do no harm clause of the Hippocratic Oath, clarified the subject with the following statement, which can be found within its broader context here:
Lucy: A Heartbreaking Tribute to a Daughter Lost to Abortion
“We now live in a culture that is so pervaded by broken homes and broken marriages that the children coming from these homes — the high school students we talk to every day outside their schools — often have no concept of human value, because they often feel that no one has ever valued them. Before they can understand that pre-born children are valuable human beings with inherent dignity, they often need someone to tell them that they are valuable human beings with inherent dignity.” Jonathon Van Maren
A Letter To Paisley From Her Dad:
- Perspective of Perfection: This powerful 14:09 minute video shares a perspective of abortion that can only come from someone who considered it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4foXehDmWs
“You shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one who has been born.” The Didache [The Teaching Of The Twelve Apostles] c. 80-140 A.D.
“A common tale is the man who gets a girl pregnant, and then pressures her into having an abortion. For men just looking to screw around and avoid commitment at any cost, abortion is the perfect solution. Abortion allows them to use a woman and then leave her, have sex and still avoid any kind of consequences or responsibility for their actions.” Cassy Fiano
NO ONE CAN FORCE YOU TO ABORT YOUR BABY.
No matter how old you are. Even if you are a minor. You have a legal right to have your baby.
View & print out this PDF form and sign it. Fax it to the clinic or abortionist where you are being taken to have an abortion.
If you can’t fax it, then print it out, sign it and bring it with you and hand it to the receptionist at the abortion clinic.
If you do not have a printer, then HAND WRITE this out as best you can and sign it and bring it with you so you can hand it to the receptionist. This is a legal document. Hand written, it will not be perfect but do not worry. The abortionist will not want to get involved. He or she will know you are serious about not wanting an abortion.
DO NOT SIGN any of their papers. Refuse to take off your clothes. Do not get up on the table. Just keep refusing to do anything they ask you to do and tell them you want to have your baby.
Even if you do not have this document. You have now read it and you know your rights.
YOU CANNOT BE FORCED INTO AN ABORTION BY ANYONE!!!
Want more: http://lifecall.org/stop-your-abortion.html
A video making the rounds of the pro-life Internet world comes directly from a prominent online sign language dictionary, and shows the sign for …
Abortion Methods: The Gruesome Reality of How Babies Are Killed in Abortion
by Rachel Cox | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/17/14 1:08 PM
[WARNING: As the title implies, this blog post is highly disturbing. You should not read it if you have a weak stomach.]
Most people who see nothing wrong with abortion have that belief because they don’t think an unborn baby is a person. They don’t even like the term “unborn baby” because it lends to the idea that what’s in the womb is a person. They usually stick with the term “fetus” because the emotional response generated from discussion of killing a fetus is more palatable than that of killing a baby. But even if they were right about the absence of humanity in a fetus, it doesn’t change the fact that aborting a fetus is a horrific, senseless tragedy.
Just for the sake of the argument, let’s use the term “fetus” and disregard that a quick overview of basic human embryology tells us fetuses are people. But before we can move on, we need to classify fetuses as something else if they aren’t people. So if a fetus is not a person, what is it? Fetuses are alive, no one can deny that. They’re obviously not plants, insects, or bacteria, so the only possibility left is that fetuses are animals.
So, let’s pretend a fetus is a non-human animal. Now that it’s settled, allow me use an example to demonstrate why killing a non-human animal in a similar fashion as one used in a human abortion is still deplorable.
Let’s say I have a puppy but I can’t afford one at this stage in my life (lack of money is a common reason for wanting to abort). What do I do with this puppy?
Since it’s still small, I’m going to cram it in a blender while conscious and liquefy it to a bloody soup, disposing of the concoction in the trash.
That might work for a small puppy, but what about an older dog? It won’t fit in a blender.
How about this then: Without using anesthesia, I’m going to chop each of the dogs legs off, one by one, with a pair of bolt cutters. But the dog is still alive at this point, so the job isn’t over yet. Now, I’m going to pick up a giant rock, slam it down on the dog’s head to crush it, and then throw the dog’s mangled body in a bio hazard bag.
Do you think the methods of getting rid of the dog were disturbing? Who wouldn’t?
If I got caught getting rid of just one dog with either of the two described methods, not only would I be jailed because it’s illegal, my mug shot would be all over the internet accompanied by hateful epithets demanding my torturous death. In my defense, I could argue that it was my right and choice to kill my dog. I could say what I did to the dog was none of the government’s business. I could say the dog was better off dead than leading a less-than-ideal life. However, not one of those excuses would sway a single person.
But unfortunately, those two methods are basically the same used to kill thousands of fetuses every day. Sound familiar? The first procedure I described was very similar to an aspiration abortion, commonly performed in the first trimester of pregnancy. Don’t believe me? See the diagram:
The second method I described was akin to a “dilation and evacuation” abortion used in the second trimester:
There are other methods of abortion besides these. Not one of them could be described as non-violent, and they all obviously result in death.
Now let’s bring ourselves back to reality where fetuses are people, and virtually no one actually kills pets like that. However, it’s still true that abortion is not much different than the way I described it.
If doing what I described to animals is so bad, why is it legally acceptable to do it to a fetus? Most people’s pets are treated better and have more legal protection than fetuses. Considering how terribly violent abortion is, it should still shock a society’s conscience even if the life being taken is demoted to a non-human status. It’s a sad state of affairs when the status of a human being isn’t even equal to that of a dog.
“This Is Abortion” In Plain Language
Your patient will have been feeling her baby kick for the last two months of more. But now she’s asleep on an operating room table, and you are there to help her with her problem pregnancy. The first task is to remove the laminaria that had earlier been placed in the cervix to dilate sufficiently to allow the procedure you are about to perform…
Over the 20 years of doing my prolife work, rarely have I seen a piece of literature affect a woman contemplating an abortion as much as an article called “Diary of a Preborn”, written by Pastor Craig in response to a two week Prolife Seminar he ran for youth.
After having this article posted on our site for several years, we have now produced it into a beautiful piece of work that can be viewed using a Flash movie viewer. We encourage you to share this work with others.
God bless you and strengthen you for all you do to help His innocent preborn children who sleep within their mothers’ womb.
Your Sister in Christ Jesus,
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“A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder. And any fine distinction as to its being completely formed or unformed is not admissible amongst us.” St. Basil the Great, “Epistle 138,” c. 375 A.D.
Abortion Methods and Abortion Procedures Used to Kill Unborn Babies
I know a few pro-choice people who believe that the unborn are not yet human persons, and so abortion is not murder but instead is just a medical procedure. I am sure that there are quite a few others pro-choicers who believe the same.
If we are to take a look at some abortion procedures, though – procedures so violent and invasive as to defy belief – it doesn’t seem like there is any reason to perform such a procedure without the direct intent to kill something, or someone. Other surgical procedures may involve the removal of what is causing the body harm, but there is just something so different and chilling about the different types of abortion. And lest we forget, abortion is an elective procedure.
Priests for Life has many great galleries, pages, and videos on the different types of abortion. There is also a LifeNews article from a few years ago that goes over different abortion procedures, as well as how far developed the unborn child is when certain surgical abortions are performed on him or her. Please feel free to turn to these sources for more detailed information and to see where I got mine. The various bits of emphasis added below are mine, to highlight the violence involved in such procedures.
Suction Aspiration/Suction Curettage
A suction aspiration type of abortion is very common in the first trimester. The mother’s cervix is dilated so that a cannula, a hollow plastic tube, can be inserted into the uterus. It is connected to a vacuum pump. This vacuum suction is 29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner, as mentioned in the LifeNews article. And as Priests for Life mentions, ”[t]he abortionist runs the tip of the cannula along the surface of the uterus causing the baby to be dislodged and sucked into the tube – either whole or in pieces.” The amniotic fluid, placenta, and other body parts are then also sucked out and collected in a jar.
A suction curettage type of abortion involves a curette, a hook-shaped knife. The curette scrapes out the uterus for any more parts, and a suction machine goes through the uterus once again to make sure all parts have been removed.
Medical diagram of D&E abortion at 14 weeks.
Here is how the LifeNews article describes a Dilation and Evacuation, or D&E abortion:
… a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them.
Priests for Life also has a page with more detailed information on the procedure.
Salt Poisoning (Saline Injection)
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, hisouter layer of skin is also burned off. The baby will also not die right away, as it usually takesover an hour for him to die. The mother usually gives birth to a dead or dying baby before 24 hours later.
Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion
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 the above D&E procedures is now preferred.
Dilation and Extraction (D&X)
This form of abortion, now illegal, is also known as the partial-birth abortion. The procedure takes place in five steps, with the abortionist first grabbing the baby’s legs with forceps. Next, the baby’s leg is pulled out of the birth canal. The entire body is then delivered, except for the head. The abortionist then jams scissors into the baby’s skull. The scissors are opened to enlarge the skull. And lastly, after the scissors are removed, a suction catheter is inserted. The baby’s brains are sucked out and the skull collapses. The dead baby is now completely removed.
An abortion – and particularly a surgical abortion – is much more than just a procedure. The websitefor American Pregnancy is very vague on abortion procedures, though, including only a sentence or two, and with no such description as these pro-life websites include.
Many will criticize pro-life sources as being biased. However, despite any such pro-life viewpoint, a bias is hardly necessary to consider when such sources are the ones to tell the truth. And as Priests for Life proclaims, we must tell the truth about what an abortion really is. There may be pro-choice people who hold such an opinion because they have never been told what really happens during an abortion – at least not to the unborn child being killed.
by Rebecca Downs | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/2/13 7:13 PM
Early Abortion Methods
Vacuum Aspiration or Sharp Curettage (D&C): (6 to 16 wks) powerful suction tube inserted through the cervix and into the uterus. The fetal body parts and placenta are sucked into a jar, the unborn child often torn apart by the force of the suction. Possible complications include infection, cervical laceration and uterine perforation.
Mifepristone: (5 to 7 wks) is also known as RU-486 or the “Abortion Pill.” This chemical causes an abortion by interfering with the function of the placenta, starving the unborn child to death. Prostaglandins (misoprostol, see below) are then administered to expel the fetus. This method of abortion takes place over the span of several days; the average woman using it bleeds heavily for more than nine days, but some women have bled for over four weeks. Because mifepristone is a new method, long term health risks are not yet known.
Methotrexate: (5 to 9 wks) though not approved by the FDA for this use, a methotrexate injection kills the unborn child by interfering with the growth process (cell division). Several days later, the woman is treated with prostaglandin (misoprostol) suppositories to expel the fetus; woman aborts at home. Requires three visits to a doctor to complete process.
Late Abortion Methods
Dilation & Evacuation (D&E): (13 to 20+ wks) the cervix is pried open. Using forceps, the abortionist tears the child out of the womb, limb by limb. The child is then reassembled to assure that no fetal parts are left inside. Possible complications include infection, cervical laceration and uterine perforation.
Prostaglandin: (16 to 38 wks) also called misoprostol, this chemical which induces premature labor, is given as suppositories or an injection; live births are common. Hazards include convulsions, vomiting, and cardiac arrest.
Hysterotomy: an unborn child (24 to 38 wks) like a c-section, an incision is made in the woman’s abdomen. The baby is removed, then allowed to die by neglect. This procedure carries the same health risks as a c-section.
D&X: (20 to 32+ wks) also known as “partial-birth abortion” this dangerous method of late abortion, termed “bad medicine” by the American Medical Association, involves pulling the baby out feet first into the birth canal while the head remains in the uterus. The abortionist then makes a hole in the back of the skull to remove the brains with a suction catheter. The head collapses, allowing the child to be removed in one piece.
Reality of Choice
The employees used their cell phones to capture images of two of the babies which Dr. Douglas Karpen killed in Texas. These photographs have been posted online and can be viewed at the link below. Be aware that these images are extremely graphic and disturbing; viewer discretion is strongly advised. See the graphic photos here.
Hear Claire Culwell’s moving testimony of her life as an abortion survivor and adoptee. Sunday, January 23 …
“I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” Deuteronomy 30:19
I Am a Survivor of Abortion, Here is My Story “I thought that I was the only one until I found this website.” “Me, too!” “I’ve never told anyone about this, but I felt compelled to share it with you.” “I’m a survivor, too, and I can’t live with the pain anymore.”
These are just a few snippets of the profound emails that I’ve received lately from other abortion survivors. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/06/02/i-am-a-survivor-of-abortion-here-is-my-story/