What is Abortion?
We want you to know the facts surrounding the abortion issue. Abortion ends a pregnancy by destroying and 1+removing the developing child.
V.I.P. - voluntary interruption of pregnancy. This is a new softer, gentler way of saying abortion.
There are two casualties in every abortion - one dead; one wounded. Most people don’t know the details involved in abortion. The is a one-sided view portrayed by media. People hear of the social, moral, even religious reasons for having or not having an abortion - but know little about the medical details.
Many women make a decision to have an abortion without ever discussing the medical procedures or health considerations with anyone. No other procedure is performed with this degree of patient ignorance.
Viability is the ability a baby has to survive outside the womb
1981 - 23 weeks was viable
2001 - 21 weeks - baby currently in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Abortion ends a pregnancy by destroying and removing the developing child.
85% of all abortions are done between 8-12 weeks.
60% of minorities’ pregnancies end in abortion
28% of all pregnancies end in abortion.
In 1985, 1986 & 1987 the highest number of abortions were performed in the United States since Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. 1.8 million abortions were done those years. One out of every three babies conceived during these years died in an abortion. The most recent statistics are for 1999 - 1.2 million abortions were performed. It amounts to 3,500 abortions per day.
More than 50 million abortions have been performed since 1973 when Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion in the U.S. The total population of the states from South Carolina to Maine = 45 million people.
App. 93% of all induced abortions are done for elective, non-medical reasons.
Simply put - a non-pregnant woman’s uterus is small and tight (like a fist). The cervix is very soft. A pregnant woman’s uterus is larger and soft and the cervix is tightly closed. Abortionists use pliers to open the cervix and dilators to stretch it. Many complications occur from the use of the knife, suction vacuum and scraper. There are a tremendous number of veins and arteries in this area and often tears and perforations occur, resulting in hemorrhaging. It is important to note that it is an additional charge to have anesthesia during an abortion.
Why abortion services differ from medical services
can advertise - actually spend hundreds of thousands advertising (full page ads) in the Yellow Pages.
not government regulated, exists in a “zone of privacy" - ironically veterinarians must follow more government regulations than abortion providers
abortionists routinely receive payment in advance
clinics pay “finders fees" or cash “rewards" for new customers
Clinics try to cut costs, increase productivity and maximize profits. They regularly hire low-cost, unskilled staff members to fulfill medical tasks usually performed by doctors and nurses. This increases the health risks faced by aborting women. To be on the “safe side" abortionists perform abortions 12% of the time on non-pregnant women. Abortion counselors feel “obliged" to protect women from any information which might be disturbing or discouraging.
Counselors or "facilitators" are instructed
not to tell the patient that the abortion will hurt
not to discuss the abortion procedure or the instruments to be used in any detail
not to answer many questions
never to use the word BABY
Content provided courtesy of pennlife.org
What Are the Most Common Reasons for Women Choosing Abortion?
Feel they are not ready for another child/Timing is wrong 25%
Feels she can’t afford baby 23%
Finished with childbearing/Children are grown 19%
Fear of being a single mother 8%
Feels she isn’t mature enough 7%
Physical/Health problems 4%
Feels child would interfere with future plans 4%
Possible health problems affecting the fetus 3%
Victim of rape .5%
Source: Lawrence B., Finer, Lori F., Frohwirth, Lindsay, A. Dauphinee, Susheela Singh, and Ann M. Moore. “Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives,” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2005, 37(3):110–118.