If a woman is contemplating an abortion she has a choice of two methods, the abortion pill or with medical instruments used by a health care provider. The abortion pill is a medicine that ends an early pregnancy. In general, it can be used up to 63 days after the first day of a woman’s last period. The name for the “abortion pill” is mifepristone. It was called RU-486 when it was being developed. Abortion can be performed several different ways with medical instruments. There is the aspiration procedure where the fetus is vacuumed out of the cervix; this procedure is usually performed up to 16 weeks after a woman’s last period. There is the D&E-dilation and evacuation procedure usually performed after 16 weeks of pregnancy. D&X-dilation and extraction (partial birth) is usually performed from 20 weeks after a woman’s last period. No matter which procedure is chosen they are all gruesome and in-humane. During the D&E and D&X procedure depending on the term of the pregnancy the fetus is literally dismembered in order to fit through the opening of the dilated cervix, it is horrible. Please see the illustrations below showing the horrible procedures.
SUCTION & CURETTAGE ABORTION OF 9 WEEK OLD FETUS
DILATION AND EVACUATION ABORTION OF 23 WEEK OLD FETUS
There are of course risks and side effects associated with any method or procedure of abortion. “Some of the medicines used in medication abortion may cause serious birth defects if the pregnancy continues.” www.plannedparenthood.org. Other risks could be an allergic reaction to the pill, incomplete abortion-part of the pregnancy is left inside the uterus, infection, undetected ectopic pregnancy, and very heavy bleeding resulting in hemorrhaging. Some serious risks associated with the aspiration, D&E and/or D&X methods are damage to the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, perforation of the uterus, damage to internal organs, or even death. There is also emotional and psychological impacts associated with abortion. The psychological response is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder which could include the listed symptoms: • eating disorders
• relationship problems
• flashbacks of abortion
• suicidal thoughts
• sexual dysfunction
• alcohol and drug abuse
Now that the methods, procedures, and risks of abortion are understood I would like to offer my position on abortion. I would call myself pro-life. There is still controversy today about when human-life begins. Pro-lifers believe that human life starts at the point of conception and pro-choicers believe that human life starts later in gestation or at birth. Pro-choicers note “that a pre-embryo-a just fertilized ovum-consists of a simple grouping of undifferentiated cells. The...