Saline poisoning took 4-7 hours to work

In the 1970s and 1980s, late term abortions were usually done by saline induction. In this type of abortion, a caustic saline solution was injected into the woman’s uterus, poisoning the child.

It was a slow death. One medical study found:

“The time interval between saline instillation and fetal death has varied from as early as 1 hour to as late as 7 hours, with a mean of 4 hours.”

Robert S Galen et al. “Fetal Pathology and Mechanism of Fetal Death in Saline Induced Abortion: A Study of 143 Gestations and Critical Review of the Literature” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 120 (October 1, 1974):353-354

The baby suffered and struggled for life all that time.

Now most late term abortions (except for really late ones, in the third trimester, which are done by induction) are done by D&E, a much quicker process where the baby is dismembered and pulled out with forceps.

de Whether a quick, albeit extremely gruesome death is better for the baby could be considered. But late term abortions still destroy a living human being.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. and is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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