Pictures of Unborn Child
PREGNANT & NEED HELP?
"P l a Y i n g - wiTh - w O r D s"
"Terminating" the "pregnancy", "Exhuming" the "contents" of the womb, "removing" a "blob" of "tissue & blood". What does it all mean? What is the significance of these words? What difference does it make?
Well, since "abortion" has become a dirty word, other words are used to hide the harsh reality of what actually happens in an abortion. But abortion, no matter what you call it, still destroys the life of a living, growing, human being.
Technically the unborn child is not referred to as a human "being" because it has not been born. This is just another way to try to lesson the sad and harsh reality of abortion.
New Zealand Law
This information is taken from the Crimes Act and the Contraception, Sterilization and Abortion Act
1. DEFINITION OF ABORTION:
the destruction, death, premature expulsion or removal of an embryo or fetus after implantation (unless to save the mother's life or if child has already died)
2. THE CONTRACEPTION, STERILISATION AND ABORTION ACT:
gives circumstances and procedures under which abortions may be authorised, "after having full regard to the rights of the unborn child,".
3. THE CRIMES ACT:
Taken from the section: "Crimes against the person."
The maximum penalty of 14 years in prison is given for crimes of unlawfully using any instrument, drug or thing with intent to procure an abortion.
(A) IN THE FIRST 20 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY ABORTION IS ILLEGAL:
unless the person doing the abortion believes that...
(i) Continuing the pregnancy would result in "serious danger" to the woman's life or to her physical or mental health.
(ii) Risk that the child, if born, would be "so physically or mentally abnormal as to be seriously handicapped."
(iii) Pregnancy came from incest or an incest-like act
(iv) The woman is "severely subnormal"
Two other factors may be taken into account
(a) the woman or girl's age is near the beginning or end of the usual child bearing years.
(b) reasonable grounds for believing the pregnancy came as a result of rape.
(B) AFTER THE FIRST 20 WEEKS:
Abortion is unlawful unless the person doing the act believes it is necessary to save the woman's life or to prevent "serious permanent injury" to her physical or mental health.
Results of 1977 Royal Commission
This commission was comprised of three women, three men and was headed up by a supreme court judge. These are their findings.
(1) Accepted biological evidence that life begins at conception.
(2) Concluded that external proof of pregnancy dates only from implantation.
(3) From implantation to birth, changes in the unborn child are of a developmental nature only. (eg. before the heart begins to beat or brain waves are detected the developing life is still a human life. "The terms 'embryo' and 'fetus' do no more than mark those stages in a progressive development.")
(4) The report said that any moral code should accept that society recognises that it is not desirable for a child to be born into a deprived living situation (eg. poverty, abusive home,). However, a child's life should not be taken in its unborn state merely because ideal conditions for the child's life, outside the womb, are not great or even ideal.
(5)The right to life is a sacred principle of civilisation. It shows the individual worth of every person. To deny this basic human right, would threaten the whole of civilisation and fail to recognise the dignity of mankind.
Alarming report to Parliament
from 1988 Abortion Supervisory Committee
In 1988 the Abortion Supervisory Committee told Parliament that "potentially normal pregnancies" were being terminated "on pseudo-legal grounds."
In 1994 the Abortion Supervisory Committee reported that 97% - 98% of abortions were performed on the alleged "ground" of mental health.
In l994, 95% of all abortions took place after the unborn child was 8 weeks old. At 8 weeks the unborn child has everything that will be found in a fully developed adult.
These 5 methods are all used in New Zealand
Abortion takes the life of an unborn child, either by directly killing the child in the womb or by forcing the child out of the womb before he or she is mature enough to survive outside.
1. SUCTION CURETTAGE OR VACUM ASPIRATION -
More than 60 per cent of New Zealand abortions are by this method, the most common used in early pregnancy. The abortionist widens the opening of the womb and inserts a hollow plastic tube. The other end of the tube is attached to a suction machine which sucks the baby out. The mother usually experiences menstrual-type cramps and bleeding. Results of Suction Curratage at 8wks.
2. DILATION AND CURETTAGE -
This is similar to the suction procedure (and may be used in conjunction with it) except that the abortionist inserts a sharp hoe0like instrument into the womb. This cuts the baby into pieces and scrapes them out. Cramps are common for the mother, and bleeding is usually profuse.
3. DILATION AND EVACUATION (D. and E.) -
This method is used after the baby is 12 weeks' old. Because the baby's body is bigger (at least 75mm long) and instrument like pliars is inserted into the womb to grasp arms, legs and other parts and twist them off the body. The skull must be crushed to remove it. The procedure may also be painful for the mother.
4. INDUCTION OF LABOUR -
After the first three months of pregnancy, most abortions are done by induction. The abortionist pushes a needle through the mother's abdomen and into her womb. Some amniotic fluid from around the baby is withdrawn and a chemical (such as prostaglandin) is injected. This causes the mother to begin contractions and expel her baby, sometimes still alive. The chemical may also be administered by drip or by inserting pessaries into the mother's vagina.
5. HYSTEROTOMY OR CAESARIAN SECTION -
This technique is used mainly in the last three months of pregnancy. Like a Caesarian birth, it involves surgery to open the mother's abdomen and womb. But in this case the premature baby is removed and allowed to die.
Could the following method be next for New Zealand?
A Nurse's Testimony
"The baby's body was moving.
His little fingers were clasping together.
He was kicking his feet.
All the while his little head was inside."
AMONGST TESTIMONY ON PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION GIVEN TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE IN 1997 WAS THAT OF BRENDA PRATT SHAFER, A REGISTERED NURSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THREE SUCH ABORTIONS AT A WOMEN'S MEDICAL CENTRE IN DAYTON, OHIO, WHILE WORKING FOR A NURSING AGENCY. PRIOR TO THAT EXPERIENCE SHE CONSIDERED HERSELF "PRO-CHOICE." HERE ARE SOME EDITED EXCERPTS FROM HER TESTIMONY....
Partial-birth abortion is a three-day procedure .... The first two days the women come in and they insert something called laminaria; its made out of seaweed. They insert it into the cervix and when it gets wet it expands, thus dilating the cervix . . .
The third day I went in, the first abortion was on a lady whose baby had Down's syndrome. The nurse called her their special case. I said, "Why is she a special case?"
"Well, the doctor doesn't like to do them past 26 weeks, and she is a little bit past:,
This particular lady didn't want the abortion . . . She was unmarried, her boyfriend didn't want the baby and her parents didn't want the baby. She cried the whole three days she was in there.
So we did her first to get her over with. We brought her in, prepared her and started an IV of Valium to calm her down, but we did not use a general anesthetic. We brought in the ultrasound machine, and hooked it up to her stomach.
I could see the baby, I could see the heartbeat. The doctor, Martin Haskell, wanted me to stand right beside him so I could see everything there was about partial-birth abortion.
So I stood there. He went in guided by ultrasound. He took a pair of forceps and went in and turned the baby . . . He found a foot and he pulled the baby's foot down through the birth canal, bringing it down, and grabbed another foot and literally started pulling the baby out . . .
He kept pulling it down, and I'm seeing this baby come out of the mother . . . The only thing supporting the baby was the doctor holding him in with his two fingers, holding the neck so that only the baby's head was still inside.
The baws body was moving. His little ringers were clasping together. He was kicking his reet. AU the while his Uttle head was inside.
I kept watching that baby move, and thinking to myself, this isn't happening; I thought I was going to pass out. I kept telling myself, I'm a professional, I can handle this; you know, this is supposed to be . . .
He then took a pair of scissors and jammed them in the back of the baby's head. The baby jerked out In a startle reflex, and then he was real rigid.
The doctor then opened the scissors to make a hole. He took a high-powered suction machine with a catheter and stuck it in that hole, and suctioned the baby's brains out. And the baby went completely limp.
I have seen that in my mind a thousand times or more, that baby, watching the life just drain out of it. I've seen babies die in my hands, I've had people die in my hands. But it wasn't anything like watching that . . .
He pulled the head out, cut the umbilical cord and threw the baby in a pan, and delivered the placenta and threw it in the same pan, then covered it up and took it out.
Well?. This mother wanted to see her baby. The doctor had told us ahead of time, "Try to discourage her from seeing the baby:" He doesn't like that. But she had the right, to see it. So they cleaned it up, and we cleaned her up, and we walked her out of the operating room. and took her to a room and handed her, her baby.
She held that baby in here arms, and she screamed and prayed to God? to forgive her, and for that baby to forgive her, an she held him and rocked him, and told him that she loved him.
I looked in that baby's face, and he had the most perfect, angelic face I've ever seen. I couldn't take it. After all the years I've been a nurse, I lost it. I excused myself and ran to the bathroom? I cried and prayed.
I saw toe more that day, each about 25 weeks. But I was in shock? The other ones were perfectly healthy mothers with perfectly healthy babies. One was a 40-year-old mother who had a 19-year-old son and she was getting a divorce so she didn't want the baby. The other was a teenage mom how hid the pregnancy from her parents, and then the parents found out and made her abort the baby.
I wish I hadn't seen what I saw, in a way, because it was very terrifying? the most horrifying experience of my life. I've had a lot of nightmares? this is one way of healing?. Teaching people about what really does go on. We've got to get the truth out.
What I saw that day shouldn't be allowed in this country [America].
After 10,000 abortions read what he saw...
Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a gynecologist who is active on behalf of the abolition of legal restrictions on abortion in the USA and who directed the largest abortion clinic in the Western world (in which some 100,000 abortions were carried out), is today waging a public campaign against abortions.
What brought about this radical turn-about in Dr. Nathanson's position?
Dr. Nathanson himself answers this question by means of a video tape which he produced, depicting in living colour the dramatic sight which led him to such a great change n his position.
Dr. Nathanson himself appears in the film, n which he explains that he followed the execution of numerous abortions by means of ultrasound equipment and reached the conclusion that the view of the fetus as merely a collection of cells is totally erroneous.
On the ultrasound screen, one can clearly see the 11-week-old fetus with all of his organs as a complete, although tine, human entity, moving gently within the amniotic fluid. Its heartbeats, which can also be clearly distinguished, are about 140 beats per minute. Suddenly, with the intrusion of the catheter attached to the suction device, the fetus begins to move rapidly from side to side. It flees from the end of the approaching catheter, its heartbeat rises to 200 per minute, and everything indicates that the fetus has some sort of idea of what is about to happen.
The fetus becomes highly agitated and attempts to get away as far as possible. But in the end, the device catches him. Here comes the most shocking part: when the end of the suction tube catches him and begins to break up his organs, the fetus, who is violently moved about and distorted, opens his mouth in an expression of pain that can be seen clearly on the screen.
Here we see the terrible suffering of the fetus at the moment that his organs are broken up. This title chosen by Dr. Nathanson for this film, "The Silent Scream," is the aptest description of the situation of the unfortunate fetus, whose cries remain unheard.
Today Dr. Nathanson is among the leaders of the struggle in the United States for the abolition of elective abortions, approaching the subject from a human and humanitarian view-point. He engages in extensive public activity and distributes films and explanatory material in order to halt the plague of abortions.
If a doctor, who by nature and training is cool-headed and objective, was so shocked by this sight that he moved from one extreme to the other, would this not also be true of a woman who becomes aware of what is taking place in her own body?
"I dismember the fetus..."
Dr Phillip Bennett, a professor of gynaecology at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London, achieved notoriety as a late-term abortionist last year through an interview he gave to Caroline Phillips of the Sunday Express.
It was this interview, at the time of an August 1 deadline for the destruction of thousands of of frozen IVF embryos in Britain, that drew the attention of the British public to the practice of selective abortion of unwanted babies in a multiple pregnancy.
Dr Bennett revealed that lie was about to end the life of one healthy twin in utero (in fact, already had ended it) simply because its mother did not wait two babies.
Talking freely about his attitude to abortion the professor said he thought that "broadly speaking it is better not to interfere with life," that abortion was even "morally wrong."
Yet he carried out an increasing number of late abortions, as late as 40 weeks. "Legally you can terminate a pregnancy right up to the moment of delivery if the baby would be seriously handicapped. I would have no difficulty terminating if we detected a fetal abnormality," he said.
Though he thought that "a baby at 20 weeks plus can feel pain," he did not think anesthetic should be administered to the baby.
He told the reporter exactly how he did a late abortion: "I dismember the fetus, pull it apart limb by limb and remove it piece by piece. I don't find it pleasant but I'm of a sufficiently tough constitution to do it."
The picture accompanying the interview showed Dr Bennett in an almost nonchalant pose.
NOTE: these figures need updated. Sadly, this only paints a grimmer picture
Question: When do most abortions take place?
Answer: between 10-12 weeks.
In 1996 that was 169 per week!
In 1994, 95% of all abortions in NZ took place AFTER the unborn child was 8 weeks old.
At only 8 weeks, everything is now present that will be found in a fully developed adult!
An average week in 1996
It is likely that MANY of the 87 unborn children who were aborted each week and said to be under 10 weeks old (see figures below), were ACTUALLY 8 weeks or older!
This is ALARMING but it is based on the FACTS that (a) in 1994, 95% of all abortions took place AFTER 8 weeks and (b) most pregnancies cannot be confirmed definately until about the sixth week.
Under 10 weeks.....87 abortions per week.
10-12 weeks........169 abortions per week.
13-13 weeks.........24 abortions per week.
17-20 weeks.........4 abortions per week.
Over 20 weeks.......1 abortion per week.
An average week in NZ
The 1996 TOTAL = 285 Abortions PER WEEK.
[The 1997 TOTAL = 292 Abortions PER WEEK]
One dead... One wounded!
Some years back it was recognised that many war vets were suffering from something called, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People suffering from this exhibited nervous disorders, physical symptoms, relational problems and various other problems. When a person loses a relative, they are often surrounded by family, friends and sometimes clergy or professional counselors to help them through the grief process. These war vets had gone through a grief experience of immense proportions where they had not only witnessed comrades die the most brutal of deaths but had also taken the lives of other human beings. Yet, they had not been given any counseling or skills to deal with it. Worse yet, their grief was not recognised.
For some time now, the grief of mothers who have had abortions has not been recognised. But that is changing. As with the example above, there is an ever increasing flow of evidence to support that many women who have had abortions, suffer from Post Abortion Syndrome.
Before listing the various symptoms that have been discovered in women suffering from Post Abortion Syndrome the following example is offered from the life of one woman to put things in a personal perspective. It is important to recognise though that not every woman's experience will be the same and that this is only one example. Other women will have different symptoms: some of those will be more severe and others less than in this example.
From this woman's own experience of having an abortion and from speaking to others she discovered that most women will not go to a professional with Post Abortion Syndrome. She said there were two ways of doing things, "the right way" and "my way". After her abortion she was afraid to being a parent. Counselors magnified her fears and she was told this was not a good time to be a mother. She hated the sound of the vacuum cleaner, could not speak to he husband, never felt she was able to get clean, began drinking with intent to get drunk and did not like being around children and babies or women who were pregnant.
She became an angry, vengeful person who did not have friends. Once when a neighbour had a baby that died she said to the neighbour, "Lucky you!" When she saw a psychologist about having her tubes tied and mentioned that she had had an abortion , the psychologist just "passed it over" as if it was nothing. She used vulgar language as shock treatment as a defense to keep people out. She thought friends who wanted children were, "brain dead" and even had an affair just to hurt her husband. She tried various forms of meditation but finally turned to a Bible given to her at 12 years of age and through this and her husbands love things began to turn around.
TV ONE news clip
"The controversial issue of abortion has been thrown into the spotlight again following the release of new research which says that having an abortion does in fact raise the risk of developing mental health problems later on in life.
Clinics perform most of the country's 18,000 abortions every year and most are approved on the grounds that if the pregnancy continued a woman's mental health would be threatened.
But research now shows that there is a greater likelihood of a woman suffering a serious psychological problem if she has an abortion rather than if she had a baby."
NOTE: the New Zealand goverment statistics page on abortions states that in any given year, the percentage of women having abortions on the grounds that their mental health would be affected if they had the baby, is 98-99% !
ONE DEAD! ONE WOUNDED!
For the full article go to http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411749/645101
Despite the great tragedy of abortion and how many of us have been lead to believe it is an alternative, there is healing, forgiveness and hope. This is only possible through God - the giver of life.
After an abortion: steps towards healing, forgiveness & hope.
1. Recognize that the road to full recovery can take time and effort. God's forgiveness can be had instantly, but sorting out your life and your feelings, overcoming the ever-present temptation to give in again to despair and doubt - these take time.
2. Recognize that it is normal and good to mourn the loss of a loved one. Just as mourning the loss of a parent of spouse takes time, so does mourning the loss of an aborted child. In the case of abortion, the mourning process is often cut short and never completed because of denial or the feeling of guilt which block the mourning process. You must courageously allow the mourning process to get back on track. Accept your grief as normal rather than something which must be covered up or pushed away. Recognize that the pain of your loss will fade and become more manageable, as your healing progress.
3. Recognize that you are not alone. Others have been through the same experience and the same trials. Their experiences and understanding can help you They want to help you, just as you may want to help others after you have finished going through the healing process.
4. Admit your personal responsibility but also recognize that others, too, were involved. Pray for God's forgiveness for both yourself and everyone else who either encouraged the abortion or failed to help you avoid the abortion.
5. Forgive yourself. God does not want you to live a lifetime in mourning . If you have sought God's forgiveness through personal faith in Jesus who paid the debt for your sin by his death of a cross and who rose again, your sin has been forgiven. You have been made new in Christ.
6. Forgive others. Recognize that they, too, acted out of ignorance, fear, or petty human selfishness. If possible, let them know that you forgive them. Forgive even the abortion providers.
7. Finally, give your children over to God, who alone will be our judge.
Find a Bible and read:
John chapter 3, verses 16 to 21
1 John chapter 1, verse 5 to chapter 2, verse 2.
When I was 17 I had my first abortion.
I was a perfect candidate: Too young, hadn't finished high school, no money, no skills, father of baby did not want to marry me, and adoption was too painful to think about.
Later, in nursing school when I saw pictures of fetal development I was shocked. That blob of tissue had feet, hands, and a heart beat. I had become very interested in women's health care and reproductive rights, fighting for women's right to abortion. But what I was saying conflicted with what I was feeling. Some of the things I felt were:
. If abortion is so right, why am I feeling guilty and seeking help from phychiatrists and feminist therapists?
. If abortion is so right, why am I so hostile toward the father of the baby - an anger that turned into a hatred for all men?
. If abortion is so right, why am I feeling so exploited and so abused?
. If abortion is so right, why am needing increased amounts of alcohol and drugs to numb the pain?
. If abortion is so right, why am I feeling so guilty around infertile couples who agonise over the wait for a baby by adoption?
. If abortion is so right, why am I so depressed that I think of suicide as a way out?
. If abortion isn't killing, then why, when I found a counsellor who allowed me to grieve therapeutically, did I symbolically need to take the torn, broken pieces of my baby's body from the garbage can... sew him back together, name him, and hold and rock and cry for what I did to him?
. If abortion isn't the death of a baby, why was I grieving?
In a post-abortion support group, I finally found women who didn't tell me I had "made the best choice at the time." They understood my struggle with denial and allowed me to express my feelings over saying, "I can't believe I killed my babies."
For women who say they dont regret killing their babies, I say, "Wait." It took me five years to break through the stage of denial!
If there is grief, there was death.
If there was death, there was life.
. PLEASE NOTE: the section below is for New Zealand pregnancy help services.
The information was updated 1 December 2007.
If you cannot get through to any of the contact information below or if you are not from New Zealand, you will find plenty of help from the links at the top of the page.
PREGNANCY COUNSELING SERVICES INC
Telephone or face to face counseling and practical assistance. Free & confidential for anyone worried by pregnancy or distressed after abortion. See phone directories and personal or social services columns off newspapers for information about 20 local branches. Call collect 24 hours, seven days: Auckland - (09)307-6745, Wellington - (04)383-5524, Christchurch - (03)338-3957, Dunedin - (03)479-0407
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN HELPLINE
Cornerstone operates a national toll free telephone counseling service offering a Christian perspective on all of life's issues and a special sympathy for those who need help with issues relating to pregnancy and after abortion depression. Toll Free 0508-50-80-80 seven days a week, 24 hours per day. Or you can go to the website: http://www.cornerstone.org.nz
A caring and supporting service for single, pregnant women. The programme is aimed at building self-esteem and encouraging personal growth and development. It assists with informed decision-making, including parenting the child or placing for adoption. 35 Dryden Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland. Ph: (09)376-1324. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PREGNANCY CENTRE BETHLEHEM HOUSE
Free crisis pregnancy counseling and support as well as counseling and support for women who have had abortions. FREE pregnancy tests, FREE ultra sounds, and a FREE 24 hour contact number: 0800 367 5433. http://www.pregnantandworried.org.nz
PREGNANCY COUNSELING SERVICES INCORPORATED
Pregnancy and post abortion help 24/7 fREE PHONE 0800 773 462 www.pcs.org.nz
FAMILY LIFE INTERNATIONAL NEW ZEALAND
For help on all pregnancy issues. Free Phone 0800 FOR LIFE.
PATHS: Post Abortion Trauma Healing Services
P.A.T.H.S. Charitable Trust, PO Box 1557, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND.
Phone: 64 03 379 7710
THE LIFE INFORMATION CHARITABLE TRUST
The Trust has a unique "Online Helper" that covers just about any situation you can think of related to pregnancy. www.life.org.nz
You can find official information about adoption in New Zealand HERE.
You can also inquire on information on benefits and financial support.
Ministry of Social Development, Child, Youth and Family
Ground Floor Bowen State Building
34 Bowen Street
PO Box 2620
+64 4 916 3300 or 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) Website:
Ministry of Social Development, Adoptions
0508 FAMILY or 0508 326 459 Fax:
+64 9 914 1211 Email: