The following is from the horribly shallow explanation of how a chemical abortion procedure occurs found on Planned Parenthood’s website. Pathetic partial-truths like these keep women in the dark about what really happens during an abortion. What other motives does Planned Parenthood have in hiding the details from women except monetary incentives? Denying women information is no different than from lying to them.
STEP ONE — THE ABORTION PILL
The abortion pill works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, the lining of the uterus breaks down, and pregnancy cannot continue.
This cursory description of the initial phase of a medical abortion is the equivalent of telling a heart surgery patient, “Well, you have a heart problem. Without a heart you can’t live. So we’ll fix it,” and leaving it at that.
This is an intentional vagueness of what actually happens after a pregnant woman ingests Mifepristone (also known as Mifeprex). The abortion pill can be used up to 49 days after conception— that’s seven weeks. By seven weeks, the unborn child has a heart that beats up to 170 times per minute, brainwaves that are detectable with an EEG, and he or she reacts to physical stimuli. It’s not just that the “pregnancy cannot continue” when a woman takes Mifepristone. It’s that her body is artificially made halt the production of progesterone which fructifies the uterus so her unborn child can obtain nutrients from it when he or she implants there. In other words, step one of a medical abortion is to render the uterus uninhabitable by cutting off nutrients to the unborn child so he or she starves to death and thus detaches from the uterine wall.
STEP TWO — MISOPROSTOL
You will take a second medicine — misoprostol. It causes the uterus to empty.
Here is another insouciant explanation of the medication abortion. “It causes the uterus to empty.” This sounds as simple as getting your teeth cleaned. A more accurate account would be something along the lines of “The powerful Misoprostol drug completes your abortion by forcing you to expel your dead child from your body.”
The second medicine — misoprostol — will cause you to have cramps and bleed heavily. Some women may begin bleeding before taking the second medicine. But for most, the bleeding and cramping begin after taking it. It usually lasts a few hours. You may see large blood clots or tissue at the time of the abortion.
It’s not just “blood clots or tissue” that many women see after her abortion has taken place. Some women even see the fully intact bodies of their children after they’ve been expelled from their own bodies.
More than half of women abort within four or five hours after taking the second medicine. For others, it takes longer. But most women abort within a few days.
For most women, medication abortion is like an early miscarriage. It is normal for you to have bleeding and cramping. You might also
- feel dizzy
- feel strong cramps
- feel nauseous or vomit
- have diarrhea
- feel temporary abdominal pain
- have temporary mild fever or chills
Women may also experience uterine hemorrhaging, get viral infections, vaginitis, septic shock, and could even die. Why aren’t these risks listed? With any other drug that could have severe side effects, it is a requirement to list what could possibly happen to subsequently taking it. Why is Planned Parenthood neglecting to list all potential side effects?
LifeNews.com Note: Jenni Stone writes for the Live Action blog and this column is reprinted with permission.