It is imperative that pro-lifers be ready to answer questions about abortion and the risks associated with having an abortion. The following statistics are from Alan Guttmacher Institute.
· 1.1 million U.S. abortions yearly
· Nearly 1 in 4 (22%) of pregnancies end in abortion
· 50% of women now seeking abortion have had at least one previous abortion.
· The U.S. abortion rate is among the highest of developed countries.
· 51% of abortions are performed on women less than 25 years of age.
· Approximately 1/3 of American women have had an abortion by age 45.
Abortion Methods: Dilation & Curettage (D&C) Used through the 12th week. The baby’s body is cut into pieces and extracted, often by suction. Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) Performed up to 18 weeks. Forceps are inserted, grabbing and twisting the baby’s body to dismember it. If the head is too large it must be crushed. Dilation and Extraction (D&X or Partial Birth Abortion) Performed in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. 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. This method is banned in the United States. Hysterotomy Used in the last three months of pregnancy. Similar to a Caesarean section. However, the abdominal cord is usually cut while the baby is still in the womb, causing suffocation. Sometimes, 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. Prostaglandin Performed during the second half of pregnancy. is injected into the muscle of the uterus causing violent contractions. Often crushing the baby to death, though babies have been born alive, then left to die. RU-486 Used through the seventh week of pregnancy, a synthetic steroid that blocks the hormone progesterone. Women then take a second drug, prostaglandin to induce contractions and expel the dead baby. Saline Injection Usually performed during months four through seven. A 20% salt solution 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 A suction curette is inserted into the uterus. The strong suction 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.