What is abortion?

Abortion is the deliberate ending of the life of a developing human being, which can feel pain as early as 12 weeks and definitely after 18 weeks. Abortion denies the soul their opportunity to fulfill their divine plan.¹

There are two methods of abortion: surgical abortions performed by a doctor in a clinic and medical abortion (the abortion pill). There is nothing gentle about either method.

In-clinic Surgical Abortions: 4 Types

A Vacuum Aspiration (Suction Abortion) is done during the first 12 to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

A small tube, called a catheter, is inserted into your uterus. It will do one of three things: 1) tear the living embryo/fetus apart and kill it instantly while inside the uterus, 2) or, if it is smaller than the catheter, the live embryo/fetus will be sucked into it and die as it is passing through it or 3) die later in the suction bottle that is attached to the catheter.

A Dilation and Evacuation Abortion (D&E) is the type of abortion performed after 13-14 weeks. Your cervix will be dilated so that the instruments the doctor uses to dismember the larger, live fetus will fit and the pieces of their body can be sucked out through the vacuum catheter. Some abortionists will give you a shot in the abdomen before the surgical procedure to stop the fetal heart from beating before it is dismembered and removed from your uterus.

A Dilation and Extraction Abortion (Intact DX or Partial Birth Abortion) is another type of abortion performed during the second trimester and especially after 18 weeks. The woman’s cervix is dilated so that the doctor can pull the live fetus out feet first until only their head remains inside. The doctor then uses a sharp surgical instrument or scissors to puncture the head, suction the brains out and compress the skull of the fetus, which kills it, so that it can fit through the cervix and be removed.

An Induction Abortion is done during the third trimester, 25 weeks after the first day of a woman’s last period, when the baby is able to survive outside their mother’s womb and is almost completely developed. An induction abortion usually takes 3-4 days.

On Day 1, the abortionist usually kills the fetus/baby first by injecting a
chemical (digoxin or potassium chloride) into the heart, torso, or head of
the baby, which causes its heart to stop, and places laminaria sticks to
open the woman’s cervix.

On Day 2, the abortionist replaces the laminaria and may perform an
ultrasound to determine if the baby has died. If it is still alive, a second
dose of digoxin or potassium chloride will be injected into its body to ensure
it dies.

On Day 3 or 4, the woman goes to the clinic to deliver a dead baby.
Sometimes, it is necessary for the abortionist to do a D&E (Dilation and
Evacuation) to dismember and remove any pieces of the body that may

Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill)

A Medical Abortion occurs when a woman takes two different Abortion Pills before she is 10 weeks pregnant. The first pill, Mifepristone, causes the lining of the uterus to break down, which kills the developing human baby whose heart began beating at 6 weeks. About 24 to 48 hours later, the second pill, Misoprostol, is taken, which causes contractions of the uterus and the embryo, and the lining is expelled.

This abortion method is not 100% effective and can cause death and severe aftereffects such as hemorrhage and parts of the baby remaining in the uterus.²

Fetal pain:
Fact Sheet: Science of Fetal Pain - Charlotte Lozier Institute

Abortion Procedures: What You Need to Know
Aspiration (Suction) Abortions
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) Abortions
Dilation and Extraction (D&X or Partial Birth) Abortions
Induction Abortions

Abortion methods:
Abortion - Pro Life - Suction Curettage Abortion (priestsforlife.org))
Partial-Birth Abortion: Separating Fact From Spin : NPR
Abortion by Dilatation and Extraction (awomansright.org)
How is a D&X or “partial birth” abortion performed? - Pro-Life Action League (prolifeaction.org)
Abortion Pill: What Is a Medical Abortion? (healthline.com)

Fetal Development:
Embryo vs. Fetus: What’s the Difference? (healthline.com)
  • ¹ Prophet, Elizabeth Clare. Inner Perspectives: A Guidebook for The Spiritual Journey. E-book ed., Summit University Press, 2003. Kindle.
  • ² Aultman, Kathi et al. “Deaths and Severe Adverse Events after the use of Mifepristone as an Abortifacient from September 2000 to February 2019.” Issues in law & medicine vol. 36,1 (2021): 3-26. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33939340/