Is Abortion the Answer?

Before you decide, there are some facts you should consider.

About your unborn baby

Have you ever thought about what is growing in your womb? From the moment of conception a unique human being has existed in your womb. From conception until birth nothing is added to your baby except time and growth.

When your unborn baby was first conceived he was as small as a grain of sand. By the time you became aware of your pregnancy, your unborn baby had developed and grown in many wondrous ways.

Your Baby’s Development | About Abortions | Abortion Aftermath

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Where is your baby in his or her development?

1st Trimester (Weeks 1-13)

Week 1 (Day 1): First day of your last normal menstrual period.

Week 2 (Day 14) (Conception Day): The egg is released from the ovary. The egg and sperm most often unite in the fallopian tube (tube from the ovary to the uterus) to form a single cell called a zygote. This tiny new cell, smaller than a grain of salt, contains all the genetic information for every detail of the newly created life- the hair and eye color, the fingerprints, the physical appearance, the gender, the height and the skin tone.

Week 4: A pregnancy test taken at this point can measure hCG, the pregnancy hormone in the mother’s urine, and tell her if she is pregnant. By now, the embryo is completely attached to the lining of the uterus and draws nourishment from his or her mother.

Week 5: The heart, about the size of a poppy seed, is the first organ to function. The heart begins to beat just 21 days after conception, or 5 weeks after the mother’s last period began. The embryo’s brain, spinal cord and nervous system begin to form.

Week 6: All of the internal organs are present and forming. The heartbeat can be seen and heard beating on ultrasound-it’s already beating about 100-120 times a minute!

Week 7: Arms with hands and finger buds, and legs with feet and toe buds are visible.

Week 8: Brain activity is measurable. By this time the embryo shows reflexive response to touch.  The embryo begins to move.

Week 10: For the first time in development, the brain can make the muscles move on purpose.

Week 11: Internal organs are functioning. The body is nearly complete. Changes after this week are primarily changes in size, rather than in appearance. The embryo is now called a fetus, or “young one” in Latin.

2nd Trimester (Weeks 14-26)

Week 14: The baby moves vigorously and can make a tight fist. The sex of the child can be determined.

Week 16: The gender of the baby might be seen on ultrasound.

Week 18: There is evidence the baby can experience pain. By 18 weeks, fetal movement known as “quickening”- can usually be felt by the mother.

Week 22: Head and body hair are visible. The baby jumps in response to loud noises. He or she can now swallow. From now until about 32 weeks baby feels pain more intensely than at any other time in development.

Week 24: If the baby was born during this month and given special care, he or she could survive.

3rd Trimester (Weeks 27-40)

Weeks 36-40: The baby experiences rapid weight gain, the lungs mature and baby is ready for birth.

We offer counseling, resources and referrals to help you during your pregnancy.  Please contact us for more information.

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About the Abortion

It’s your choice.  You have time.  We will listen!

Abortion procedures vary according to the stage of pregnancy. Each procedure is painful for both the mother and her unborn baby.

A brief overview is given of the abortion procedures, please contact us for more information.

 

MEDICAL ABORTION

Mifepristone/Misoprostal (“The Abortion Pill” or RU-486)

Generally used up to 63 days from first day of last missed period.

First, you would be given an oral dose of Mifepristone, which interferes with the natural function of your body by softening and breaking down the lining of the uterus.  Two days later you would need to return for a check-up. If the developing baby hasn’t been expelled, you would receive the other drug, misoprostol, to make your uterus contract to push the baby from your body, in a process similar to labor.

 

 SURGICAL ABORTION PROCEDURES

The procedure used depends on the stage of pregnancy.

Suction Aspiration (5-13 weeks from first day of last period.)

Most commonly used surgical abortion procedure.

This procedure involves the use of a suction machine or device called a “manual vacuum aspirator” which is used to pull the placenta and embryo into parts small enough to pass out of your body through the tube.

D&C (Dilation & Curettage) (4-14 weeks from first day of last period)

In this case after preparation is made a loop-shaped tool is used to scrape the wall of the uterus. This reduces the embryo and placenta into parts small enough to pull out of the body through the cervix. Anesthesia is usually used for this procedure.

D&E (Dilation & Evacuation) (14-24 weeks from first day of last period)

Because of the size of the baby, a medical instrument called a forceps is used to pull apart the fetus into parts small enough to be removed through the cervix.

D&X (Intact D&E) (16-40 weeks from first day of last period)

Partial Birth Abortion: Baby is delivered legs first, except for the head. An incision is then made in the back of the head and the brain is suctioned out so that the head collapses and can be removed. A fatal injection into the heart is generally done, which ends the baby’s life prior to removal.

 

During pregnancy your body is changing to meet the needs of both you and your baby. Physically and emotionally you may not be feeling well. That’s normal. Most women experience some discomfort, doubts, and anxiety, even during planned pregnancies.

With so many physical and emotional changes taking place, this is a difficult time to make a life changing decision. Because of your untimely pregnancy, you may feel scared and confused. People may encourage you to end your pregnancy to resolve your situation. Remember, pregnancy means you carry a living human being in your womb. If you decide to end your pregnancy by abortion, you will also end the life of your unborn baby.

We offer counsel on the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of pregnancy and information concerning available options.  If you are looking for pregnancy options, please contact us for more information.

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About the Aftermath

After an abortion, many women experience one or more of the following consequences, some of which may take several years to surface.

Physical:

  • Excessive bleeding, may require blood transfusions.
  • Perforated uterus or damage to other organs.
  • Chronic and acute infections.
  • Intense pain.
  • Incomplete removal of baby or placenta.
  • High fever, convulsions, shock, coma.
  • Increase in miscarriages, ectopic (tubal) pregnancies, premature births, and stillbirths.
  • Irregular pap smears; breast cancer.
  • Infertility.
  • Death.

Emotional:

  • Feelings of helplessness or isolation.
  • Frequent or uncontrollable crying.
  • Sadness, grief, remorse.
  • Guilt; anxiety.
  • Shame and fear of others finding out.
  • Distrust and feelings of betrayal.
  • Bitterness, anger, resentment.
  • Broken relationships.
  • Denial.
  • Nightmares and flashbacks.
  • Sexual problems (frigidity or promiscuity).
  • Inability to tolerate the sound of a vacuum cleaner or dentist’s drill, because it sounds like the suction machine.
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse in order to forget.
  • Preoccupation with becoming pregnant again or fear of future pregnancies.
  • Avoidance of situations and people which bring children, pregnancy, or the abortion to mind.
  • Depression; mental breakdown.
  • Fear of punishment from God.
  • Difficulty forgiving others.
  • Thoughts of suicide.

We offer post-abortion counseling and support groups.  Please contact us for more information.

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