“you’re signing this life away”

16 weeks – most D&E abortions are done at this stage or later

A woman who was about to have a late term  abortion because the baby had spina bifida, and would be in a wheelchair, chose the D & E (dismemberment) technique because she did not want to go through labor:

When the doctor started dilating the cervix (probably by inserting laminaria) he said something very telling. In the words of the woman having the abortion:

“The process was to go in [To the clinic] the day before and have my cervix stimulated with… It’s like a little cigarette kind of, and stimulated the cervix opening. I remember going in there and having the doctor say, “Now once we do this, it’s not reversible, so this is the time you sign this life away.”

Rita Townsend, Ann Perkins Bitter Fruit: Women’s Experiences of Unplanned Pregnancy, Abortion and Adoption (Alameda, California: Hunter House Inc., 1991) 212

This Doctor seems to know that he is killing a “life.”Read more abortion doctors and clinic workers talking about how they know abortion kills babies here.

Below: a diagram of a D&E abortion

See a picture of what a 16-week-old baby looks like after he or she has been aborted this way.

(Incidentally, it is possible to have laminaria removed after the cervix has already begun to dilate. It was not too late for her to change her mind, although the risk of miscarriage would have been high, it is quite possible that the baby could be saved in that situation)

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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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