Emergency Contraceptive Pill
This is considered 'the morning after' pill. The woman takes 4 pills in total within 72 hours following unprotected sex. She takes 2 pills, then another 2 pills 12 hours later. This medication alters the lining of the uterus so if there is a fertilized egg (a human being) it will not be able to implant in the uterine wall and continue to grow. (Gynetics Inc. New Jersey)
To abort an early pregnancy, this is the most widely used technique. The abortion doctor must first paralyze the cervical muscle ring and then stretch it open. A hollow plastic suction tube is then inserted into the uterus. This has a knife-like edge on the tip. The baby is literally sucked into the vacuum cleaner. The baby's fragile body is distorted and dismembered by the violence of the suction force and dies, if not by trauma, then certainly from the shut down of his or her blood supply. (Why Can't We Love them Both, Dr and Mrs J.C. Wilkie, Chapter 18) **
Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
The doctor who performs the abortion stretches or dilates the mouth of the womb and inserts a surgical steel curette (a loop shaped steel knife) into the uterus. With this, he/she cuts the placenta and the baby into pieces, and scrapes her/him out into a basin. Bleeding is usually profuse. (**)
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
This procedure is done after 12 weeks. A pliers-like instrument is needed because the baby's bones are calcified, especially the skull. There is no anesthetic for the baby. The doctor who performs the abortion inserts the instrument, seizes a leg or other body part and, with a twisting motion, tears it from the baby's body. This is repeated again and again. The spine must be snapped and the skull crushed to remove them. The nurse's job is to reassemble the body parts to be sure that all are removed. This is performed on a baby who is capable of feeling the slightest pain. (**)
Saline abortion is done after the 16th week. A large needle is inserted through the abdominal wall of the mother and into the baby's amniotic sac. A concentrated salt solution is injected into the amniotic fluid. The bbyy breaths and swallows it, is poisoned, struggles and sometimes convulses. It takes 45 minutes to an hour for the baby to die. When successful, the mother goes into labor about one day later, and delivers a dead baby. The corrosive effect of the concentrated salt often burns and strips away the outer layer of the baby's skin. This technique can be used right up to the very end of a pregnancy. (**)
(This procedure is not done too much anymore due to the danger to the mother.)
RU-486 -- the French Abortion Pill
"The RU-486 procedure requires at least three trips to the abortion facility. In the first visit, the woman is given a physical exam, and if she has no obvious contra-indications ("health conditions" such as smoking, asthma, high blood pressure, obesity, etc., that could make the drug deadly to her), she takes the RU-486 pills. RU-486 blocks the action of progesterone, the natural hormone vital to maintaining the rich nutrient lining of the uterus. The developing baby is disrupted from his or her habitat and starves as the nutrient lining disintegrates.
At a second visit 36 to 48 hours later, the woman is given a dose of artificial prostaglandins, usually isopods, which initiates uterine contractions and usually causes the embryonic baby to be expelled from the uterus. Most women abort during the 4-hour waiting period at the clinic, but about 30% abort later at home, work, etc., as many as 5 days later. A third visit about 2 weeks later determines whether the abortion has occurred or a surgical abortion is necessary to complete the procedure (5 to 10% of all cases). "
(Lifesitenews.com, abortion methods, chemical abortions)
Feticide -- 2nd and 3rd trimester method
The deliberate killing of 20 week and older babies in the womb, prior to the abortion, by inserting a syringe full of potassium chloride into the unborn baby's heart. This procedure was designed for babies with serious defects. The Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons approved it in June 2000. (The Interim, June 2000)
(This method is also used to 'reduce' the number of babies in a multi-fetal pregnancy.)
Similar to the Caesarean Section, this method is generally used if chemical methods such as salt poisoning or prostaglandins fail (see pp. 12-14). Incisions are made in the abdomen and uterus and the baby, placenta, and amniotic sac are removed.  Babies are sometimes born alive during this procedure, raising questions as to how and when these infants are killed and by whom.
This method offers the highest risk to the health of the mother, because the potential for rupture during subsequent pregnancies is appreciable
(National Right to Life/Abortion: Medical facts)
Partial Birth Abortion
This method is used to kill 2nd or 3rd trimester unborn babies by removing the baby's entire boy, except for the head, from the birth canal, and then sucking out his/her brains. First, guided by ultrasound imagine, the doctor performing the abortion grabs the baby's leg with forceps and pulls the baby out into the birth canal. Then the baby's body is delivered, except for the head. At this point, a scissors-like instrument is jammed into the baby's skull and the scissors are opened to enlarge the hole. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out The baby is then 'evacuated'.
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