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Exposing the deception (Warning the video below contains graphic imagery)

Lifting the curtain This video (CLICK HERE) shows what abortion providers like Marie Stopes and BPAS mean when they "describe" the Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) surgical abortion procedure. Below you can read their version taken from their websites:

Marie Stopes surgical abortion description:

Later surgical abortion 19-24 weeks pregnancy - At this stage of pregnancy the treatment is performed in two separate stages. You will be asked to arrive at the centre early in the morning for the first part, which involves preparation of your cervix to cause it to gently dilate over a few hours. There is no need to have an anaesthetic for this part of the treatment and after this you will stay with us at the clinic and rest until the second stage of your treatment. The second stage, to complete the abortion, will take place later that day and you will be given a general anaesthetic.

Highlights from the BPAS description of 15 to 19 week and 6 day surgical abortion:

 What is surgical dilatation and evacuation abortion? This procedure can be carried out between 15 weeks and 19 weeks 6 days gestation. It is carried out under a general anaesthetic. A doctor will remove the pregnancy using narrow forceps. What happens? Tablets of misoprostal may be inserted into the vagina one to two hours before the procedure to prepare the cervix for the abortion.

A health care professional will take you into the operating theatre where you will be given a light general anaesthetic. The doctor gently stretches the passage through the cervix until narrow forceps can be used to remove the pregnancy. Any remaining tissue will be removed using a tube attached to a vacuum pump. [emphasis added]

You will wake up in the recovery area where a nurse will provide pain relief as necessary. When you are recovered, you can get dressed.

All tissue from abortion procedures is disposed of in a sensitive way. However, if you have specific wishes about the disposal of your fetal tissue, please discuss this with a member of staff before the procedure.

[emphasis added - Why dispose the tissue in a sensitive way if it is just a tissue mass?]Is it painful? When you have a general anaesthetic you will not be able to feel any pain. Your procedure will be quick and the anaesthetist will make sure you are fully asleep. Detailed information about the anaesthetic can be found in the ‘About your Anaesthetic’ booklet.

After the abortion it is normal to feel some discomfort, similar to period cramps. How long does it take? The procedure itself takes about 10- 20 minutes, but you will be at the treatment unit for around seven hours.

Can I bring anyone with me? Yes, but space is limited, so please try to bring only one friend or relative with you - but note that we do not have facilities to accommodate them all day. However, if you are under 16 years of age a female adult may stay with you. Also, there are not usually any facilities for children, so you need to make alternative arrangements for child care during the time you will be at the clinic/treatment unit.

How will I feel afterwards?

  • Every woman is different. It is a good idea to have someone with you afterwards because you might want to talk or have some support. Women experience different feelings and cope in different ways. Some like to take a couple of days off work, others prefer not to. It is advisable that you rest until you feel able to return to your normal routine.
  • You may experience some breast fullness, pain and milk production following this procedure, but this will only last a day or so.
  • You should NOT try to express milk. Wear a support bra day and night, and use nipple pads to absorb any leakage as required.
  • If you experience lasting pain, abdominal tenderness or a temperature you must see a doctor urgently as these could be symptoms of an infection.
  • This can be easily treated but should not be ignored as complications can damage your future fertility.
  • You should ensure you have an adult to escort you home when you are discharged and we strongly recommend you do not drive for 48 hours after your treatment.
  • Do I have to take time off work afterwards? It all depends on how you feel.

How long will I bleed for?

  • You will probably experience some bleeding that may last for up to 14 days.
  • It is common to experience some spotting right up to the time of your next period. Many women pass clots.
  • Bleeding can vary. Women may bleed more or less than this. Do not be alarmed if you do not bleed very much or even at all.
  • If you experience continuous and heavy bleeding (enough to SOAK three or more pads in an hour while you are resting), you must contact the clinic, the post treatment support line or go to A&E urgently.

How safe is it? As with all clinical procedures there is a small risk of complications which are approximately as follows:

  • Excessive bleeding happens in around 1 in every 1,000 abortions.
  • Damage to the cervix happens in no more than 10 in every 1,000 abortions.
  • Up to 1 in 10 women will get an infection after an abortion.
  • In 1 in every 100 abortions the womb is not completely emptied of its contents and the woman may need further treatment.
  • Damage to the womb at the time of surgical abortion happens in up to 4 in every 1,000 abortions. This can include damage to the blood vessels, bladder and bowel.
  • 0.5 in 1,000 women will need a hysterectomy.
  • Just over 2 out of every 1,000 women who have a surgical abortion continue to be pregnant.

Most of this information on risks of complications is based on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guideline ‘The Care Of Women Requesting Induced Abortion’ (revised and published by the RCOG in September 2004).
The guideline contains a full list of the sources of evidence we have used. You can find it online at:

The guideline recommendations will be reviewed as and when appropriate in the light of new research evidence. [Let's see if they do]
There is no long term proven association between abortion and any future ectopic pregnancy or infertility. There is a small risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and abortion may be associated with a small increase in the risk of subsequent miscarriage or pre-term delivery.
Some women may experience short-term emotional distress after abortion. There is a slight increased risk of mental health disorders after abortion compared with childbirth, but no evidence that these problems are actually caused by the abortion. They are often a continuation of problems a woman has experienced before.[emphasis added - and why would they if it is just the removal of pregnancy?]

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