We have become desensitized to word “abortion.” Want to know why? We hear the word all the time but never understand what it actually means or what it entails. In fact, we hear the word thrown around so nonchalantly and as if it is not an invasive medical procedure.

Abortion is not something to be taken lightly, no matter where you stand on the issue. I would be willing to guess that women who have had an abortion would agree. It’s not easy to go through nor is it easy to talk about which is why there was so much uproar from these women when Lena Dunham saidNow I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”

The reason those women were upset was because not only was it insensitive to wish you could go through what is normally seen as a traumatic event but it is even more insensitive to the women who had gone through a procedure, normally all of them both physically painful and mentally and/or emotionally exhausting.

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“Abortion,” as a word, is thrown around without a hint of knowledge of what an abortion actually entails. So I am here to help you understand the different procedures and at what time during a pregnancy they occur.

First trimester

  • Methotrexate and Misoprostol (MTX) is a two step method occuring within the first seven weeks of pregnancy with the first step being a methotrexate tablet is taken by mouth or an injection of methotrexate administered by a doctor. The methotrexate will stop the growth of placenta which makes it separate from the mucous membrane. The second step is tablets of misoprostol which can be taken orally or inserted vaginally although some doctors may administer it buccally, or inside the cheek. This second step usually occurs 5 to 7 days after the first step. This second step will cause contractions so that your body passes the contents of the uterus.

  • Mifepristone and Misoprostol is a two step method occuring between the seventh and ninth weeks of pregnancy. The first step is taking the Mifepristone tablet which will block the natural substance of progesterone that is needed for your pregnancy to continue. 24 hours later, the second step of taking the misoprostol occurs which causes contractions so that your body passes the contents of the uterus.

  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) is a procedure that can be used from the third week of pregnancy up until the twelfth week of pregnancy. This is considered to be one of the less invasive surgical procedures. There is only local anesthesia that is applied to the cervix. This procedure includes a special syringe that uses suction to get the contents of the uterus out.

  • Aspiration is a surgical abortion technique that occurs within the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. This procedure is done with a suction catheter being inserted to the uterus to extract the pre-born baby before removing any remaining parts by using tools to scrape the uterus.

Second trimester

  • Dilation & Curettage (D & C) is a surgical procedure done within the first 16 weeks  where the cervix is dilated. An instrument is then inserted into the uterus to remove the the preborn baby by scraping the walls of the uterus and normally suctioning them out. This procedure is a lot like aspiration.

  • Dilation & Evacuation (D & E) is a surgical procedure used after the first 16 weeks of pregnancy where the cervix is dilated then instruments are used to dismember and extract the preborn baby from the uterus.

  • Instillation Abortion is a rare saline abortion that is performed before the 16th and 24th week of pregnancy where substances including saline, digoxin, potassium chloride, or prostaglandin are injected into the amniotic sac. This chemically burns the preborn baby and it normally takes an hour before the preborn baby is killed. The solution that is injected into the sac also causes contractions therefore the mother will give birth the next day to her stillborn child.

Third Trimester

“Late Term Abortions” are normally done by D & E’s or there is an instillation abortion.

Did this open your eyes? Did you learn anything new? Probably. That is because the pain and the sadness associated with abortion isn’t ever spoken about. It wouldn’t fit the pro-choice narrative.

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The women who go through with the abortion of their child often experience:

  • Regret

  • Anger

  • Guilt

  • Shame

  • Sense of loneliness or isolation

  • Loss of self confidence

  • Insomnia or nightmares

  • Relationship issues

  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings

  • Eating disorders

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

Abortion is not a decision that is made lightly. Why are we throwing around the term as if it is?

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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