Abortion Procedures

  • First Trimester:
    Medication or Surgical Abortions • Abortion by Medication: Methotrexate & Misoprostol (MTX), or Misoprostol • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA): Anesthesia given to mother, Baby is vacuumed out, uterus scraped clean of remaining baby parts • Aspiration: surgical, abortion procedure used to terminate pregnancy up to 16 weeks suction curettage, dilation and curettage (D & C) or vacuum aspiration.
  • Second Trimester: • Dilation & Curettage (D & C): Surgical, baby is cut up and vacuumed out, uterus scraped clean of remaining baby parts • Dilation & Evacuation (D & E): Surgical, Child is cut up and scraped out of uterus • Induction Abortion: Surgical, Salt water or urea is injected into the mother: prostaglandins are inserted, remains removed: essentially, this procedure burns the baby up with a salt solution
  • Third Trimester:
    • Induction Abortion: surgical, salt water, urea, or salt is injected into the mother; prostaglandins are inserted so the remains can be delivered, and pitocin is injected intravenously: essentially, this procedure burns the baby up with a salt solution • Partial Birth Abortion (also called D & X, Intact D & X, Intrauterine Cranial Decompression): surgical, post 21 weeks; child is rotated and pulled out of the mother, the doctor stabs the skull, inserts scissors into the hole, and opens them up, vacuums out the brains, and removes the now deflated head and other remains.

A Child From Conception

  • The Instant of Conception is “LIKE TINY FIREWORKS”

    “On cue, at the time of fertilization, we see the egg release thousands of packages, each dumping a million zinc atoms, and then it’s quiet. Then there is another burst of zinc release. Each egg has four or five of these periodic sparks. It is beautiful to see, orchestrated much like a symphony.”

    Thomas V. O’Halloran, Northwestern University Scientist studying the moment of conception


    “The scientific community asserts that from conception on an individual lives; the individual will go through all the standard phases of human growth until natural death, unless something intervenes to end life.”

  • “To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion. The human nature of the human being from conception to old age is not a metaphysical contention, it is experimental evidence.”

    French geneticist Jerome L. LeJeune, while testifying before a Senate Subcommittee, asserted: The Senate Subcommittee made the observation that: “No witness (who testified before the subcommittee) raised any evidence to refute the biological fact that from the moment of conception there exists a distinctive individual being who is alive and of the human species. No witness challenged the scientific consensus that unborn children are ‘human being,’ insofar as the term is used to mean living beings of the human species.”

    Beckwith, Defending Life

Further Reading

Defending Life

By: Francis Beckwith

Defending Life | F. Beckwith

"Defending Life is the most comprehensive defense of the prolife position on abortion ever published. It is sophisticated, but still accessible to the ordinary citizen. Without high-pitched rhetoric or appeals to religion, the author offers a careful and respectful case for why the prolife view of human life is correct. He responds to the strongest prochoice arguments found in law, science, philosophy, politics, and the media. He explains and critiques Roe v. Wade, and he explains why virtually all the popular prochoice arguments fail. There is simply nothing like this book."


The Case for Life

By: Scott Klusendorf

The Case for Life | S. Klusendorf

"The Case for Life provides intellectual grounding for the pro-life convictions that most evangelicals hold. Author Scott Klusendorf first simplifies the debate: the sanctity of life is not a morally complex issue. It's not about choice, privacy, or scientific progress. To the contrary, the debate turns on one key question: What is the unborn? From there readers learn how to engage the great bio-tech debate of the twenty-first century, how to answer objections persuasively, and what the role of the pro-life pastor should be."