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PRO-LIFE BASICS: What Is Abortion?

By Judie Brown

When we speak or write about abortion today, we have to be extremely careful with the words we use, starting of course with that deadly word itself. Clearly abortion is no longer controversial, and the death peddlers have done a very good job of deceiving the uninformed. So what exactly is abortion?

Abortion is an act of murder. Thus, we should never refer to it as we would a surgery, which is “performed.” It is not a medical procedure intended to preserve life; abortion always takes at least one human being’s life. 

There are three types of abortion:

ONE: Surgical abortion is the killing, dismemberment, and removal of a baby via suction, medical instruments, injection, or other surgical procedure. Methods of surgical abortion include suction, dilation and curettage, dilation and evacuation, dilation and extraction (also known as D&X or partial-birth abortion), saline injections, and hysterotomy. The method used is determined by the age of the baby.

TWO: Chemical abortion is the chemical killing of a baby, either before or after he implants in his mother’s womb. Preimplantation chemical abortion can be caused by hormonal birth control drugs and devices, while postimplantation chemical abortion is primarily caused by the abortion pill regimen. This two-pill regimen (formerly called RU-486) combines mifepristone and misoprostol to kill and then expel the dead baby. 

THREE: Laboratory abortion is the destruction of human embryos through embryonic stem cell research and the discarding of “defective” and “unwanted” embryos by in vitro fertilization facilities.

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