Warning: the following article contains graphic details about abortion procedures that may be unsuitable for sensitive readers.
Some people call it a holocaust. Others call it a blessing. Some call it murder. Others call it the preservation of real life. Everyone calls it abortion. Although America is split on their views about it, the facts are greatly misunderstood, for both sides.
Methods of abortion
There are three very popular ways to abort a baby:
Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
When a baby is still very young, within the first 12 weeks, and the mother decides to get an abortion, the baby is removed by suction. Such suction is generated by a vacuum or syringe. The baby is sucked up the tube and disposed of. This method is called vacuum aspiration.
The D&C method comes from two different words or methods. Curettage is the scraping of a womb in order to remove something harmful, like a tumor or disease. The dilation comes from helping the woman have the baby. These two combined form a method of doctors reaching into the woman’s womb and removing the baby limb-by-limb. The womb is scraped clean and the baby is reassembled on a metal dish in a kind of memorial.
One such abortion left the following impact on the one performing it:
With my first pass of the forceps, I grasped an extremity and began to pull it down. I could see a small foot hanging from the teeth of my forceps. With a quick tug, I separated the leg [from the baby].1
A partial-birth abortion is only applied to babies that are old enough to be born and survive without medical help, which is now around 20-24 weeks. Such babies are aborted by removing their brains.
In order to do this, a doctor must take a sharp instrument, sometimes a pair of scissors, and pierce the back of the skull. The hole is then made bigger and a vacuum is inserted. The vacuum sucks out all the brains and, because it cannot support itself, the baby dies and its head collapses.
If a baby survives an abortion, which many do, they are given something called “Comfort care”. This care consists of wrapping the baby in a blanket and setting it aside. Even when the baby is old enough and big enough to be put on medical care, it is given the same care. Some babies can live up to eight hours in this condition.
If applicable, companies will then be allowed to rent a room in the abortion clinic and cut the baby apart, even if the baby is alive, and ship useful parts off to whoever can use them.2
Whether one views abortion as murder or a blessing, the straight facts about it are definitely a factor that could change the argument for both sides.
1 Swain, Carol. Be the People. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011. Pg. 51
2 Swain, Carol. Be the People. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011. Pg. 71