Babies Born Alive after Saline Abortions

One common type of abortion practiced up until the early nineties was a saline abortion. In these second and third trimester abortions, a salt solution would be injected into the mother’s womb.

Protected from her uterus by the amniotic sack, this caustic solution would poison the baby and burn his or her skin. In a few hours, the baby would die and labor would begin. The mother would then give birth to a dead baby.

Besides causing many live births, this type of abortion tended to be dangerous to the woman involved.

Other methods of abortion that cause live births are prostaglandin, in which a strong drug causes the uterus to contract violently and expel a severely bruised (but sometimes alive) baby; and hysterotomy (seldom used) in which the aborted baby is removed in a procedure similar to a C-section.

Here are some accounts of abortion live births.

“But one night, a lady delivered and I was called to come and see her because she was uncontrollable. I went in the room and she was going to pieces. She was having a nervous breakdown, screaming and thrashing. The nurses were upset because they couldn’t get any work done and all the other patients were upset because this lady was screaming and I walked in, and here was her little saline abortion baby. It had been born and it was kicking and moving for a little while before it finally died of those terrible burns. Because the salt solution gets into the lungs and burns the lungs too.”

From the workshop “Meet the Abortion Providers” held in Chicago, former abortion provider David Brewer, M.D.

“Since hypertonic saline was so toxic if it was injected into the uterine wall instead of the amniotic sac; there was a constant search for the ideal drug. Prostaglandin has now become the drug of choice, but one of the early experiments was with hypertonic urea. The major disadvantage in using it, was the problem of live births. I remember using it on a patient that the psychiatric residents brought to us from their clinic from an institutionalized patient who really was crazy. I’ll never forget delivering her nearly two pound baby, and hearing her screams, “My baby’s alive, my baby’s alive.” It lived several days.”

–Dr. Paul Jarrett (Meet the Abortion Providers)

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