Late Term Abortion – The situation
I’m considering a late-term abortion. What should I understand before making this decision? My situation is hard and I’m trying to decide what to do.
The first thing you should consider when deciding about late term abortion is that you are carrying a life inside of you. This may be an unwanted pregnancy. Or maybe your baby has been diagnosed with a defect or even an illness that will be fatal outside the womb, but I ask you to treat this baby like the life he/she is.
Late Term Abortion – The procedures
There are three general procedures of late-term abortions and partial birth abortions. The first and most popular is called D&E (Dilation and evacuation). Once the cervix is dilated, the fetus is removed by inserting forceps into the uterus. The Fetus is then separated into pieces. These “pieces” of your baby will be removed one at a time. Vacuum aspiration is then used to ensure no tissue remains in the uterus.
The second procedure is early induction of labor. This is very painful and intense for the woman and is rarely used as an abortion procedure.
The third procedure is called Intact D&X surgery. This procedure includes a 2-3 day process to gradually dilate the cervix using sticks of seaweed which absorb fluid and swell. Once this process is finished, the doctor uses forceps and grasps the baby’s leg to turn it to breech position. The baby is then pulled out of the birth canal, leaving the head inside the canal. An incision is then made at the base of the baby’s skull and the brain tissue is removed, causing the skull to collapse. The entire baby is then removed.
Late Term Abortion – A Personal Story
My name is Carey and I was born 4 months premature, weighing 1 pound, 1 ounce. As a baby, I was hospitalized for months and had heart surgery at only nine days old. I’m 22-years-old now and I have no major health problems. I survived! I was born at the size where many babies are aborted. In fact, many babies have been aborted that are far bigger than I was, which breaks my heart.
I know that right now it may seem like your baby isn’t real yet. However, I’m living breathing proof that a baby born severely premature, and can grow up to be a healthy adult. I’m thankful every day for all the care that my parents gave me before and after I was born, and I’m thankful for all the people who have been there to pray for me, and support me throughout my life, and even before I was born.
Whether you have realized it or not, you and your baby also have people who love you and can support you during this heartache. Sometimes I know it doesn’t look like it at all, but there are people who love you, and want you to live a life that doesn’t leave you with so much pain and regret. No matter what you have gone through in the past, no matter what decision you are facing now, there are people who want to help you, and want your baby to have the chance to live life.
I am thankful for my life and I have a loving relationship with God. For me, loving does not mean judging or condemning. No matter what you have done in the past, through the love of God and His Son Jesus, you can find forgiveness and peace. Peace and help to get through what you are struggling with now, and to put the past in the past, and not chained to you.
Romans 5:8-9 says that God sent His son to die for us, and that frees us from the chains of our sins, and our past. There is forgiveness, all we have to do is ask. We have hope and a future through God’s love, and that goes for you and for your baby.
Late Term Abortion – Finding Help and Support
When making a decision like whether to have a late-term abortion, I encourage you to find help and support. I will list some helpful organizations below.
Perhaps your unborn child has a defect or will be born with an illness and you don’t feel like you can raise a child under these circumstances. Please know that there are organizations who can help you find adoptive parents so your child can grow up in a loving and caring home.
Perhaps your unborn child is expected to die upon delivery. What a heartbreaking event to go through. Even if your baby dies in your arms, you will have the opportunity to meet your baby and lay him/her to rest in dignity. I encourage you to read this woman’s story.
Above all, cry out to God, who is waiting to comfort you.