Abortion Statistics

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About one in four babies dies from choice, and about one in three women commit an abortion by the age 45.

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Abortion Methods

Abortion Methods Overview

Many different abortion methods have been developed over the history of the U.S. that are used to kill unborn babies today. The abortionists choose a method strongly depending on the development of the child and the specific stage of pregnancy. Abortionists use three general methods to kill the unborn child: invasion of the uterus by abdominal surgery, abortion inducing drugs followed by the delivery of a dead baby, and, lastly, the use of instruments to kill the child in the uterus. Though these methods are different, they all share a common factor: a human life is innocently destroyed.

First Trimester (Week 1-12)
Vacuum aspiration and suction curettage are the most common first trimester abortion methods. Vacuum aspiration uses a vacuum to suck the baby directly out of the uterus to then be disposed of. Suction curettage dislodges the baby using a curette to scrape along the sides of the uterus.
For more, go to Abortion Methods: First Trimester

Second Trimester (Week 13-24)
The dilation and extraction abortion method is most common in the second trimester. The mother’s cervix must be largely dilated to rupture the amniotic sac in order to dismember and remove the child from the uterus. If the head is too large, then the baby’s skull is crushed with the forceps. Drugs are also used to then deliver a lifeless child. The hysterectomy completely removes the uterus therefore killing the child. Lastly, the hysterotomy cuts open the uterus and removes the baby. If the child is alive, it is set aside to die.
For more, go to Abortion Methods: Second Trimester

Third Trimester (Week 24 – Delivery)
Many of the same second trimester methods are used in the third, but modifications are made as a result of a larger child. Often chemicals are used before the procedure to soften the baby’s tissue and bone for easier dismemberment. Partial birth abortions are very common in the third trimester. In this procedure, abortionists place the baby feet first, pull out the baby up to its head, insert long scissors into the base of the child’s skull creating a hole, and then a suction tube sucks out the baby’s brain.
For more, go to Abortion Methods: Third Trimester

The four instruments that are described below are used for the actual destruction and removal of the child. There are other instruments used for preparation and dilation of the cervix that are not listed here.

The cannula is a hollow plastic tube attached to a suction machine that kills and dismembers a baby.
For more, go to Abortion Instruments: Cannula

The curette is a handled metal rod with a sharp hook used to scrape the uterine walls.
For more, go to Abortion Instruments: Curette


The forceps look similar to scissors but function as pliers used to pull apart or remove the baby.
For more, go to Abortion Instruments: Forceps

Syringe with Spinal Needle
This is a “large capacity” syringe with a long needle used to drain amniotic fluid and inject chemical agents into the heart of the baby.
For more, go to Abortion Instruments: Syringe

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