Pro-life doctor Melissa Ogle, MD, describes using a suction machine to complete a miscarriage on a woman at the end of her first trimester. This was not an abortion because the baby was already dead. However, she was using the same equipment that is used for an elective first trimester abortion.
In this situation, the cervix is forced open with an instrument called a dilator. A suction tube is then placed within the uterine cavity. The suction is turned on, the amniotic sac is ruptured, and the fetus is removed. As our bodies at this stage are well-formed, it was necessary for me to identify each body part as it was evacuated. Despite the knowledge that the baby was no longer alive, it was indeed the most difficult procedure I’ve ever performed as an obstetrician. As each portion of this little person was accounted for, my heart sank deeper and deeper. Many tears were shed during the procedure – both mine and those of others in the room. I imagine that every individual present in that operating room was taken to a deep place within their soul as that little one was removed limb from limb from its place of security. Each finger could be counted, each rib clearly seen
A pro-life author wrote about an ambulance driver who saw a miscarriage:
“I spoke with one person, a trained ambulance attendant for many years and mother of 5, who had witnessed a woman having a miscarriage in early pregnancy. She was astonished at the humanness of the perfectly formed child, but 4 or 5 inches long, which she held in her hand. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said to me, “the tiny arms and legs, all the veins beneath the skin…” She, like a surprising many, had thought a child at that stage was more of a blob or an indistinct mass of tissue.”
Lori Van Winden The Case Against Abortion (Liguori, Missouri: Liguori Publications, 1988) 128
“I had a miscarriage on Palm Sunday last year. We think he was a boy and named him David Raphael. My only prayer when the doctor told me at 11 weeks that my baby had died a month earlier (at 7 weeks gestation), was that I would have something to bury. The doctor said he would either be too small to find or that his fragile body would be crushed in the miscarriage process and there wouldn’t be anything left. On Palm Sunday afternoon he came out. The entire sac was in tact and there he was still floating in the amniotic water. I took a picture so I wouldn’t forget that moment and how God answered my prayer. I think it would be an amazing photo to show people contemplating abortion. Even though he was only 7 weeks when he died, you can see his little arms and legs forming. My 4 year old was looking through my phone when I wasn’t looking one day and found the picture. He came up to me with it and asked me whose baby it was. Even a child can tell that at 7 weeks, the fetus is a little person.”
At 7 Weeks gestation, that is, 7 weeks since the start of the woman’s last period, the unborn baby is 5 weeks old.So this is really a picture of a baby at 5 weeks.
As you look at these remarkable pictures of babies who were miscarried, keep in mind that all of these babies could’ve been legally aborted in the United States and in most other countries.
Keep in mind that all of these babies could be legally aborted. In an abortion, they would’ve been ripped apart violently by the suction machine (in the first trimester) or torn apart by forceps or poisoned in utero (in the 2nd trimester)
One woman who had a miscarriage at 14 1/2 weeks talked about her baby on her blog. Here is an excerpt:
“All the knowledge I had of fetal development and life in the womb could not prepare me for what now lay before my very eyes. Although her facial features were slack and not completely defined, we could still see a very distinct resemblance to our other children’s features. Most amazing were her perfect little hands, one of which fit perfectly across the nail of my index finger. Closer inspection showed distinct fingernails at the end of each of her delicate fingers. We marvelled at the tiny little toes at the end of each foot. The muscles and tendons of her body were all in place; viewed easily just by moving her arms and bending her legs. She was so beautiful; so amazingly, perfectly formed, perfectly proportioned. It is so unfathomable that people refuse to acknowledge this as a human being; that babies this age and older are being killed every day through abortion.
“A few months ago, my wife miscarried twins she was carrying. One, a boy, was lost at 14 weeks. The second, a girl, was lost at 16 weeks. The boy was lost at home.
My question is an honest one- have any of you who believe that abortion is okay actually seen a fetus at fourteen weeks? From everything I had was ever told by the press, etc, I was totally unprepared for what I saw….Imagine a baby, born after nine months, but with no hair and only about 8 inches long…fingers, toes, arms, legs, nose, mouth, everything. All this at only 14 weeks.”
14 weeks, early in the second trimester, is still a time when many abortions take place. It is legal to abort at 14 weeks in every state in the US.