“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.” Ezekiel 33:6
One key to changing any behavior is to expose the truth in such a way that others can no longer create a false narrative to support what they are doing. We live in a fallen world where sin deceives and blinds those who do not firmly fix their eyes on Jesus. People may still choose to sin despite the light being shed on darkness; however, as believers in Jesus, we are called to “blow the trumpet” to warn others when lives are endangered. This is a call to action in the fight to end abortion.
The truth of what happens in an abortion is abhorrent. When I describe graphically what a surgical abortion entails, I often follow up with the question, “Does this sound like anything a civilized society should allow or support?”
When to bring abortion procedure into discussion
Our ministry trains our volunteers to focus on three main talking points:
- what God has to say about the unborn child and human life
- the humanity and development of the baby, and
- resources to help the moms.
Therefore, discussing what happens in an abortion is never the first thing I will talk about and may not enter every discussion I have with an abortion minded mom – but if I discern a very hard heart that has resisted on every front of our three talking points, I WILL discuss the gruesome truth of the barbaric act of abortion. To be clear, the goal is NOT to shame or condemn or humiliate the mother. The goal is to present truth that is OFTEN sanitized by the pro-abortion industry and its supporters.
Anecdotes from former abortion workers
We have worked with women who have left the abortion industry and have seen firsthand what happens in an abortion. I struggle to report what they told me about their experience without tears, sorrow and revulsion. One was a manager of an abortion clinic. She sometimes assisted in surgical abortions. She said the event which finally made her decide to leave occurred as she was collecting and counting the baby parts in a collection dish. Her job at that moment was to determine that all the parts were removed from the woman’s uterus. In that dish, a fully intact little eye floated. That was her wake-up call.
Another woman who worked in the abortion room said the hardest thing for her to get out of her head were the sounds. When pressed on what sounds disturbed her, she told me it was the loud “POP” as a baby’s limb was jerked out of the socket. Another former worker told me about a two-day abortion where the woman had the cervix-softening laminaria rods inserted. As she went to the bathroom, she delivered a living child. The worker was instructed to place the baby in a freezer to die.
Risks of surgical abortion
There are significant risks in surgical abortions. An article cited HERE lists some of those risks:
- The sharp edges of bone pose the danger of lacerating the cervix (1 in 46 women).
- Extensive scraping of the womb to remove the placenta can result in excessive bleeding (1 in 139 women).
- Increases risk of pre-mature birth in a subsequent pregnancy (1 in 23 women)
- Uterine perforation (.32 percent of women).
- High risk of cervical damage and scarred tissue
- Infection (1 in 125 women)
- Incomplete abortion (1 in 139 women)
Gruesome facts of the procedure
The abortion center I am most familiar with in our city does “blind” abortions. That means they are not ultrasound guided. My understanding is most abortion facilities do this. This means that the abortionist dilates the cervix and then uses the abortion tools to sweep through the uterus without the aid of an ultrasound to guide where the baby is or exactly what the tool contacts. A perforated uterus is one danger of sharp tools entering the uterus, particularly when there is no ultrasound to guide where they go!
One tool, called a sopher clamp, is like a forceps with sharp metal teeth. The abortionist sweeps around the uterus till the clamp contacts a piece of the baby. He clamps the forceps and twists and pulls the body part. It might be an arm or a leg. He forcefully then severs and yanks that body part off of the living child. This is done methodically to the entire baby. Piece by piece, she is dismembered and the body parts collected.
In larger babies, the skull is too large to be removed through the cervix. The abortionist pierces the skull, draining the brain and fluids from it, and then uses the forceps to crush it. The sharp bone fragments can lacerate the uterus or cervix as they are removed.
Then, the abortionist uses a curette or suction to remove any remaining tissue. At that point, the pieces are collected and examined to be sure the entire baby has been removed. A technician is often responsible for that task, being sure there are two arms in the dish. Two legs. The trunk. The little face. The shattered skull. All parts must be accounted for.
The dismembered baby is then transferred to a medical waste bag. She will be collected with other dismembered baby bags and placed in a container that will be picked up by a medical waste company. In our area, Stericycle trucks come to collect the dead baby remains. They are then taken to a facility to be incinerated. Printed on the side of the Stericycle truck is the slogan: We protect what matters.
This is when I ask, “Should any civilized society condone this in any form?”
Pill abortion is no better
A medical (pill) abortion is a little less gruesome to describe, but just as horrific. A living child with a beating heart relies on food and oxygen from the mother. The effect of the first abortion pill is to cut off the hormone that sustains the baby’s connection to the mother’s uterine wall with the essential blood supply bringing nutrition and oxygen to the baby. In essence, the child is starved and asphyxiated. The second pill is used to start labor, or strong contractions, to expel the baby. The first pill is given in the clinic, but the second pill is taken the next day at home. Some mothers will deliver their baby in the toilet. Since the pill is given up to 10 weeks’ gestation, there is often a recognizable little human expelled.
This is hardly a pleasant topic, but one that everyone should be aware of. Saying an abortion is “barbaric” is an opinion. Stating the abortion procedure is fact, but no honest person can conclude anything BUT that abortion is a barbaric horror.