A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW:
When you don’t understand something, of course it is harder to make an informed decision. I would like to outline some sound information for you below that you may use or give to someone who may be thinking of having an abortion. I never understood the entire process of an abortion, and always thought… well it must just be some “magical” pill that allows a woman to forget she was ever pregnant. That is not the case.
According the Planned Parenthood website, they offer several types of abortions. Depending on how far a woman is in her gestation, they may end a pregnancy a number of different ways. Planned Parenthood classified them on their website to include “The Abortion Pill,” and “In-clinic Abortions.” I will go into more detail in my next blog about In-clinic Abortions (which will be VERY eye-opening), but for now I would like to give you some information on “the pill.”
The Abortion Pill (another term for the medication- Mifepristone) is a pill, which can be taken all the way up to 63 days (9 weeks) after a woman’s last period. By 9 weeks your baby is starting to look less like a lima bean and more like a person. Nerves are forming to be capable of sending messages to the brain. Little fingers and toes have formed, and it is possible to hear that little heartbeat on a monitor. After 9 weeks pregnancy, a woman might be referred to the process of having an in-clinic abortion. The medication abortion is a two-step process and some women do not realize they must visit the abortion clinic twice to receive the necessary medications to remove the baby from their body.
This abortion pill blocks any action of progesterone from sustaining a pregnancy. Progesterone is necessary to a woman’s body in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. If you were to take such a pill, the uterus would change/break down, the cervix softens and opens, and the baby is detached from the mother internally. The abortion pill is then combined with a medication called Misoprostol (at your second visit). This medication takes the baby and the other uterine contents and “dumps” them. Heavy cramps and heavy bleeding combine with large blood clots and large “globs” of tissue may be difficult to expel. What most women do not realize is that this process may take up to days or weeks to stop the bleeding. Many women also experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, fever, dizziness, or other side effects.
As mentioned above, the “pill” abortion is available up to 9 weeks into your pregnancy. At 9 weeks pregnant, your baby looks like THIS:
That sweet child inside isn’t expecting to be flushed away and disposed of. This little baby is warm, comfortable, and trusting it’s mother to keep it safe and is utterly innocent. A mother’s body is naturally responsible for supporting her child and enduring whatever she must to keep her child safe and secure. Please think twice before ever going against that natural instinct to protect and love your child, no matter the circumstances. If that means giving birth and placing your child up for adoption, where he or she might find a loving family to care for them, then please do it!