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Roe V. Wade Has Been Overturned. What’s Next For The Anti-Abortion Movement?

By Alicia Bittle··  11 min read
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In the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned, many of us may feel like we’ve finally reached the end. We’ve been reading a very sad and very disturbing story for 50 years, but now it's over and we're ready to ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Time to close the book and move on, right? Wrong.

Please note: This article contains graphic descriptions and is intended only for readers 18+.

There’s still a lot left to do. All the Supreme Court did was remove the federal government’s role in abortion regulation policies. It’s now up to each individual state government to decide their own legislation. As such, abortion is still legal in many states across America, and with 63 million babies already dead since the Supreme Court’s initial Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, can we tolerate losing even one more life?

We’ve gained a lot of momentum, that’s for sure. The pro-abortion side is in pandemonium, but they aren’t finished with their schemes yet. States like California are attempting to build abortion, and the travel costs associated with out-of-staters seeking it, into their economy. Other states like Oregon have no restrictions on abortion. This means a baby of 40 weeks' gestation is able to be aborted up to the point of birth. It also means that minors are not required to obtain parental consent before undergoing any abortion procedure and birth control is available as an OTC medication, also accessible to minors without parental consent. Additionally, some states are trying to push these “rights” even further by making it legal for a mother and her healthcare provider to kill her newborn baby up to seven days after birth.

So what on earth do we do in the face of such evil? An evil we believed to be defeated? We must continue to strive for justice, truth, and virtue, and to support mamas and their babies. Here’s what to do.

Get Educated

William Wilberforce was elected to the British Parliament in 1780 and is credited with playing a major role in ending the Atlantic slave trade in Great Britain. He did not achieve this feat through popularity, however. In fact, he was absolutely hated by his opponents (which were many). He often received death threats, was the victim of public slander, and was even challenged to a duel at one point. Why? Because he was vividly and unrelentingly honest in his descriptions of the slave trade during his speeches and this unswerving honesty almost always inspired converts to the cause. At one point, when addressing Parliament in 1789, he said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” – William Wilberforce

That is what we must do now. This is the first step. We must become painfully aware of the unthinkable actions through which abortion is achieved. Only after we understand, only after we ourselves are thoroughly convinced that abortion is evil at its very core, can we begin to convince others.

What Happens in a Chemical Abortion

According to the CDC, 92.7% of abortions are performed at or before 13 weeks' gestation. At 4-5 weeks gestation, the mother has just missed her period by one day to one week. The baby’s organs are forming and his or her tiny heart has begun to beat. By 8 weeks, the baby has hands and feet, and at 9 weeks they can suck their thumb, stretch, and sigh. The abortions performed on these babies are called chemical abortions, and they’re carried out by two drugs. The first pill (Mifepristone) starves the baby by causing the lining of the uterus to break down. The destroyed tissue can no longer supply blood and nourishment to the baby, so it starves to death. 24-48 hours later, a second drug is taken which causes the uterus to contract and bleed, expelling the baby. 

Many first-hand accounts from mothers who have undergone this procedure say that they were so shocked, dismayed, and unprepared to see the tiny baby in the toilet once they birthed it, that they left the baby in the toilet for a time while deciding what to do. The abortion facility didn’t tell them seeing the blueberry-sized (or larger) body of a baby in their toilet would be a possibility. They were simply told to “flush the tissue” down the toilet and now, face to face with the body of an actual baby, many were traumatized. 

The severe risks associated with this abortion are excessive bleeding, infection, maternal death, and an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide.

What Happens in a Suction D&C Abortion

The next type of abortion performed is a suction D&C abortion. These are typically done at 5-13 weeks' gestation. At 10 weeks' gestation, the baby’s organs are formed and fingernails are developing. Suction D&Cs are performed by prying open the woman’s cervix with metal rods and medication. Then a suction tube is inserted inside the uterus and the baby is vacuumed out. The inside of the uterus is then scraped out to remove any remaining baby parts and lining. 

At 10 weeks' gestation, the baby’s organs are formed and fingernails are developing. 

Severe risks associated with this abortion procedure are injury to the cervix and uterus, hemorrhage, infection, maternal death, premature birth during future pregnancies, uterine rupture during future pregnancies, hemorrhage during future pregnancies, and an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide.

What Happens in a Dilation and Evacuation Abortion

6.2% of abortions are performed at 14-20 weeks. During weeks 13-24, a dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion is typically performed. At 13 weeks, the baby has its own unique set of fingerprints. At week 16, many mothers feel their baby move for the first time. At week 20, it’s been proven that babies feel pain even more acutely than adults. As early as week 21, babies can respond to their mother rubbing her belly. Week 24 marks the first week of viability in the U.S. If the baby were born, he or she would have a 60-70% chance of survival. The earliest premature baby to survive in the U.S. was born at 21 weeks and 1 day. 

The D&E abortion is a two-day process where the first 24 hours are spent dilating the cervix. The next day, the woman goes back to the clinic, and the second part of the abortion procedure begins.

The cervix is pried open even further through the use of forceps and metal rods. Then “the abortionist inserts a large suction catheter into the uterus and turns it on, emptying the amniotic fluid. After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a…clamp… with rows of sharp ‘teeth’ [to] grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body. The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head. After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby. The abortionist then collects all of the baby’s parts and reassembles them to make sure there are two arms, two legs, and that all of the pieces have been removed.” The mother may be under anesthesia for this process, but nothing is administered to the baby.

Severe risks associated with this abortion are uterine perforation/laceration, bowel perforation, bladder perforation, injury to the cervix and uterus, hemorrhage, infection, maternal death, premature birth during future pregnancies, uterine rupture during future pregnancies, hemorrhage during future pregnancies, miscarriage of future pregnancies, and an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide.

What Happens in an Induction Abortion

Less than 1% of abortions are performed at 21 weeks and later. At 25 weeks and later, an induction abortion is performed. The baby is fully viable at this point. If delivered, he or she has good odds to go on and lead a perfectly normal and full life.

An induction abortion is typically a three to four day process that begins on day one by injecting a lethal poison, usually digoxin or potassium chloride, through the mother’s body and into the baby’s body. These poisons cause the baby to have a heart attack and die. At the same visit, the abortionist will begin to dilate the mother’s cervix using laminaria sticks (sterilized seaweed). The next day, the dilation continues and the abortionist will check to see if the baby has died via ultrasound, administering a dose of poison if not. The abortionist may also give the mother labor-inducing drugs.

In an induction abortion, the baby is killed with poison and the mother is induced to deliver her dead baby.

Once the mother’s cervix is sufficiently dilated (two to four days) and she’s in active labor, she will return to the abortion clinic to deliver her dead baby. 

No less than 600,000 innocent lives are snuffed out in abortion procedures through starvation, poisoning, crushing, dismembering, and partial beheadings each year in the U.S. Enough is enough. Abortion is never medically necessary.

Tell Your Friends

The disgusting truth of the matter is that everyone has been lied to when it comes to the facts about abortion. The media, politicians, even the abortion workers themselves, are all complicit in this, whether intentionally or through their own ignorance. This is why we must spread the truth. Abortion is an anti-woman, brutalizing procedure, and one way to change the culture surrounding it is by exposing the lies and presenting the facts.

Call Your Representative 

Now that we're all aware of the gruesome actions that take place during a woman's abortion, it’s time to convince those in power, just like William Wilberforce. Here is where you can enter your zip code to find out who your representative is and contact them. Get all your friends to call them too. This really does work to enact change, so speak up! 

Vote

Now’s the time to do your own research. Figure out who will actually enact the change you want to see instead of just voting comfortably along party lines. Who will push back against the mainstream agenda? Who will attempt to pass legislation to protect the weakest among us? Who will actually do what they were put in power to do? Figure out who those people are, and vote for them.

Figure out who will actually enact the change you want to see and vote for them.

Go Shopping

Now comes the fun part. Pregnancy resource centers have taken some pretty hard hits across the nation lately. These are centers that not only provide free medical care to mothers and unborn babies but also help care for the family after the birth. Or, if the pregnancy is unwanted, they encourage the mother to adopt out or help her create a different, suitable plan that doesn’t involve abortion. This is wonderful due to the fact that there are “about 2 million couples currently waiting to adopt in the United States – which means there are as many as 36 waiting families for every one child who is placed for adoption.”

Almost every single one of these centers is always in need of some sort of supplies, be it formula, diapers, wipes, blankets, clothing, or toys. So call the center to get a shopping list, grab some of your girlfriends, and make a day of it! Shopping for babies is super fun. Just imagining them feeling loved and cared for with the items you provided is enough to light up your entire month. So go ahead, dare to make a difference and show love to a complete stranger today!

Donate

Lastly, donate to an organization that does work that’s close to your heart such as adoption/foster care, pregnancy resource centers, PMAD research organizations, and women's crisis centers. Here is an article by the Federal Trade Commission detailing the what and how of donating to charity. Pay special attention to the section that contains links to organizations that will help you research your chosen charity. You don’t want to be donating to a scam, and you want to make sure the majority of your money is actually going to the people who need it, so use their search tools. It will take time, but at the end, you’ll feel confident and proud of where your hard-earned money is going and who it’s helping.

Closing Thoughts

Together, we can create change. We can speak with courage and conviction because we know the truth, a woman’s womb is not a graveyard, but an instrument of life. Although it may feel overwhelming or out of our control at times, there is still a lot of work we can do to further this fight for life.

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