As you are considering your pregnancy options, it is important that you are provided with the totality of information so that you may make a well informed decision. Our Pregnant on Campus Initiative is aimed at providing resources and support so that you may be empowered to make a life-affirming decision and pursue either parenting or adoption (while also continuing your education).
We realize that abortion can be a tempting option. Please understand that abortion will end the life of your child. We encourage you to consider the many resources and support available to you and to examine the below information about abortion before making your decision. You are not alone. There is help and support available.
Pregnancy and Parenting Resources
Pregnant on Campus Support: Please contact our Pregnant on Campus team or our Coordinator so that we can connect you with local peers or organizations to support you throughout your pregnancy and into your parenthood.
National Resources: We have listed a wide variety of organizations and resources to assist you with pregnancy support, housing, financing, childcare, and more! Please look at our National Resources page (or find your college campus page) for resources to meet your unique needs.
Abortion Pill Reversal: If you have already taken the first abortion pill, there is help for you! Abortion Pill Reversal can be done within the first 72 hours of taking the pill. It may not be too late! Call (877) 558-0333, and speak to a professional who can help you reverse this process and possibly save your baby. More information can be found at: http://www.abortionpillreversal.com
Chemical (Pill) Abortion: Used through the seventh week of pregnancy, RU-486 is a synthetic steroid that blocks the hormone progesterone. Women then take a second drug, prostaglandin to induce contractions and expel the dead baby. Ella, another abortion drug, works in the same way. Chemical abortions may also be called or performed by: the abortion pill, miferpristone, or Mifeprex. *You may be able to stop and reverse this process (and save your baby) if you contact (877) 558-0333 before you take the second pill!
Suction Abortion: After dilation of the cervix, a suction curette (a tube with a serrated tip) is inserted into the uterus. The strong suction (29 times the power of a household vacuum cleaner) tears the baby’s body apart and sucks it through the hose into a container. This is the most common method of abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Dilation & Curettage (D&C): Occasionally used through the 12th week. After dilation of the cervix, a curette is inserted into the uterus. The baby’s body is cut into pieces and extracted, often by suction. The uterine wall is then scraped to remove the placenta and confirm that the uterus is empty.
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): Performed up to 18 weeks. Forceps are inserted into the uterus, grabbing and twisting the baby’s body to dismember it. If the head is too large, it must be crushed in order to remove it.
Dilation and Extraction (D&X or Partial Birth Abortion): Performed in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. (An abortion performed in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters is often called a “late term abortion.”) The cervix is dilated. Forceps extract the live baby by the feet until the head is just inside the cervix. Scissors then puncture the skull, allowing the abortionist to collapse it by suctioning out the contents. The dead baby is then fully removed from the mother. This method is banned in the United States.
Hysterotomy: Used in the last three months of pregnancy (aka late term abortion). The womb is entered by a surgical incision in the abdominal wall, similar to a Caesarean section. However, the abdominal cord is usually cut while the baby is still in the womb, cutting off the oxygen supply and causing suffocation. Sometimes, though, the baby is delivered alive and left unattended to die.
Intracardial Injection: Performed at about four months (aka late term abortion). The chemical digoxin (or occasionally potassium chloride) is injected into the baby’s heart, causing immediate death. The dead baby’s body is then reabsorbed by the mother. This method is often used as “pregnancy reduction” when a mother carrying multiples wants fewer children.
Prostaglandin: Performed during the second half of pregnancy (aka late term abortion). A hormone-like compound is injected into the muscle of the uterus causing intense contractions and pushing out the baby. The violent contractions often crush the baby to death, though many babies have been born alive using this procedure, then left to die.
Saline Injection: Usually performed during months four through seven (aka late term abortion). A 20% salt solution (the normal salt solution is .9%) is injected through the mother’s abdomen into the baby’s amniotic fluid. The baby ingests the solution and dies of salt poisoning, dehydration, and hemorrhaging of the brain. The baby’s skin is burned off. A dead or dying baby is delivered. A baby born alive is usually left unattended to die, though some have survived. (Example: Gianna Jessen)
Please note: The late term abortion procedures described above are not c-sections. They are intended specifically to kill the child via chemical injection or dismemberment, followed by induced labor to expel the dead baby.
Informational demonstrations of these procedures are provided at the links below. These demonstrations are shown by a doctor using a doll and abortion instruments. Some may find these disturbing. Please use discretion before watching or sharing.
Physical and Emotional Risks
- Heavy bleeding
- Incomplete abortion
- Damage to the cervix
- Scarring of the uterine lining
- Uterine perforation
- Damage to internal organs
- Eating disorders
- Relationship problems
- Flashbacks of the abortion
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sexual dysfunction
- Alcohol and drug abuse
Higher Risk of These Issues Later:
- Breast cancer
- Cervical, ovarian, and liver cancer
- Placenta previa
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
After Abortion Support and Counseling
If you are suffering from a past abortion decision, please know that there are several programs available for you or for loved ones who may feel anger, sadness, or loss. Please see our National Resources page, and view the “After Abortion” section. You may also go to our “After Abortion” page for support and counseling resources.