There are 2 major types of abortion procedure. These are generally referred to as surgical or medical.
Surgical abortions will require the use of surgical instruments primarily to kill the unborn child and then remove him
or her from his or her mother's womb. Medical abortions use drugs to kill the unborn child (although surgical procedures
are sometimes required to complete the abortion.)
The type of abortion used will largely depend on the age of the unborn child and the circumstances of the mother. According to the Department
of Health the majority of medical abortions are performed using a chemical called RU486.
Medical abortions account for 35% of the total number of abortions.
RU486 is only used up to the 9th week of pregnancy in the UK (7 weeks in the U.S,).
In late term pregnancies (22 weeks and beyond) drugs are recommended (though not enforced) to kill the foetus. The chemicals either
poison, crush or cause a heart attack.
Up to 15 weeks vacuum aspiration is recommended.
Over 15 weeks D&E abortions combined with vacuum are used.
First we will look at the surgical procedure followed by the medical.
If you were to visit sites like Marie Stopes, Family Planning Association, British Pregnancy Advisory Service or Brook or other pro-abortion sites you will notice the lack of detail as to what occurs in any such procedure. When you discover what really
happens you won't blame them for wanting to keep you in the dark.
Whilst the baby is still alive and moving around, the abortionist dilates the cervix (the entrance to the womb). This will take some force
as the natural function of the cervix is to keep the baby in and everything else out. There are now a few options for the abortionist
to remove the unborn child from his or her sanctuary.
Vacuum/Suction aspiration abortion
How is it done?
This is the most common method of surgical abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. With the neck of the womb forced open and a sharp tipped
hollow tube is inserted. The baby is cut to pieces and suctioned out of his/her mother's womb into a glass cannister.
What the abortion providers tell you:
"Surgical abortion is the most common type of abortion and is a simple procedure where gentle suction is used to empty the uterus. In the early stages of pregnancy..." -
Marie Stopes International
Actually the suction used in a vacuum aspiration more powerful than the average domestic vacuum cleaner. Manual vacuum abortions using
large syringe-like instruments are sometimes used, though the suction is more gentle, the death is often slower for the unborn child.
Below is a video produced by LiveAction.org with Dr. Anthony Levatino explaining the
Dilation and Extraction/Evacuation (D&E)
Usually in the second trimester when the unborn child is too large to be suctioned out, forceps are inserted into the womb through the
stretched cervix. The abortionist blindly grabs, twists and pulls at whatever the forceps get hold of. The head is crushed with the
forceps to allow it to be removed.
"Surgical dilation and evacuation (D&E) - from 15 to 24 weeks. This procedure will involve a general anaesthetic and takes around 10 to 20 minutes. The cervix is stretched and dilated and the pregnancy removed using forceps and a suction tube. If there are no complications, you may be able to return home the same day." -
Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
This procedure involves stretching of the cervix to insert the tools required to complete the abortion. The instrument used is called a
sharp curette. This is a blade formed into a ring shape. The curette is used to reach in and indiscriminately tear the unborn child
apart. Again, the child is alive at the introduction of the procedure and dies as a result of being dismembered, disembowelled or decapitated.
This procedure is similar to a ceasarean section. The mother's abdomen is cut and the womb sliced to pull out the child. Although there
is a recommendation for abortionists to kill the child with a chemical like Potassium Chloride there are many documented and anecdotal
stories of the child being pulled out alive and left to die after the umbilical cord is cut.
Intact Dilation and Extraction (Partial Birth Abortion)
Late in pregnancy when the unborn child is larger and his/her skin is not as soft as earlier in pregnancy the abortionist, guided by ultrasound,
will reach into the womb in order to deliver the child feet first. The foetus is delivered up to the neck with the head still remaining
in the birth canal with his/her back facing upwards. Whilst in this position the abortionist will use a blunt pair of scissors to puncture
the back of the head and then open them up so a suction tube can be inserted. The foetus' brains can then be sucked out allowing the
skull to be crushed and the baby delivered.
Early Medical abortions (9 weeks or less) and morning after pill
If the mother does not meet any of the restrictions for use of the drugs required she will be given a drug called Mifepristone. This is
a synthetic steroid that blocks the hormone called progesterone.
The result of this is the lining on the wall of the womb begins to deteriorate and becomes inhospitable for the growing unborn child. Bleeding
may then occur and there is a chance the mother may expel her child whilst at home or wherever she may be.
A second series of drugs called misoprostol (prostaglandin) will then be administered directly in to the vagina. The purpose of this drug
is to induce contractions to push the unborn child out of the Uterus. This will likely cause painful stomach cramps and sickness for
which even more drugs are given.
There is a chance of the abortion still being incomplete. This can be very dangerous as there is risk of severe haemorrhaging which if
not dealt with can even result in death.
Late medical abortions (9+ weeks)
The process is fairly similar to the above procedure but sometimes the mother will be required to remain overnight. The first course of
medication usually kills the unborn child (slowly and painfully) and the second course induces premature labour. We have heard of cases
where the drugs have failed to kill the baby and so the abortionists just leave the baby gasping for breath in a cold surgical steel
Much later in pregnancy the baby is a lot more difficult to tear apart with the standard medical equipment. Instead, drugs are administered
to either the mother, or toxins to the baby. The death for the foetus is slow and painful.
Saline abortions (16+ weeks)
A saline solution is injected in to the amniotic fluid. The foetus swallows the solution and dies of acute salt poisoning. The solution
also causes painful burns to the child. Death (or as the abortionists term it - foetal demise) usually takes over an hour.
This is given to the mother to bring on premature and violent contractions. A baby who has been subjected to this will typically be crushed
Potassium Chloride (21 weeks and 5 days+)
The Department of Health report that physicians are recommended (though not obliged) to inject potassium chloride in to the child's heart
to ensure the baby is born dead. The foetus suffers an excruciatingly painful heart attack (just ask someone who has survived a heart
attack how it feels). As it is likely that the baby will be thrashing around in agony it is some time advised that a muscle relaxant
be administered to the foetus so the mother can't feel her child moving around.
The woman then has to give birth to the dead baby.