The Truth About First Trimester Abortions

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Of the 1.2 million abortions that take place every year in the United States, about 88% – or 1.06 million – of them occur in the first trimester.

So every time some pro-life group raises the issue of late-term (3rd trimester) abortions, one of the most common pro-choice responses is that such late-term abortions are very rare. They assure us that the vast majority of abortions happen during the first trimester when the baby is just a clump of lifeless tissue.

Well here is a picture of that “lifeless tissue” in the first trimester for you to help them understand…

[Warning: It’s graphic.]


Of course, this photo is of the later stages of the 1st trimester. Here are some other (also graphic) pictures from still much, much earlier.

Yep – still a little baby.

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Catholic pro-lifer October 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I put this in a different blog post, but it seems to make a little more sense here.

http://www.fallibleblogma.com/index.php/do-you-love-life/#comment-33256

Carol October 16, 2010 at 2:00 am

If it’s too graphic for people to see, why isn’t it too graphic for people to comit?

Lorry February 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

People are sickened by the images. All the more reason to show the reality of abortion. Of course, many will get angry at our audacity to bring this horror to their attention. Shoot the Messenger! But, we must be brave. The reality of the Holocaust only had impact after the images were shown. Soldier on!

Blase October 20, 2010 at 10:45 am

I couldn’t agree more, abortion is horrific!

It also begs the question, why did 53% of the Catholics in the US
vote for President Obama?

Not only does he support killing unborn babies
he is on record in the Il senate, supporting killing
born babies.

Lorry February 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

So many catholics (? questionable) have issues with church teaching that they are not truly catholic and have become protestors. Mmmmmm, where have we seen this before? About 500 years ago, perhaps?

WriterWriter October 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

For those of you commenting who are catholic… so, considering that the sex drive is just as primal as the drive to eat and assuming that catholics are as likely – perhaps more due to the no sex before marriage rule and the reality of affairs outside of marriage (and thus the convenient disposal of the evidence of an affair – a pregnancy) perhaps it’s time to review the church’s restrictive and women-hating contraception policy?….

The numbers of abortions would be MUCH reduced if women who say it’s their body actually acted on that and used birth control to prevent pregnancy.

Having access to birth control but not using it out of fear of an invisible old floaty guy – and then opting to abort – is an abdication of all that is human.

Sabine October 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Planned Parenthood v. Case : “in some critical respects abortion is of the same character as the decision to use contraception . . . . for two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.”

Lorry February 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

The use of contraception, that is, the pill, is an abortifacient. It creates a hostile environment within the womb for an already fertilized egg (created human) to attach. That is one of the reasons Catholics are forbidden to use the pill– It aborts!! Also, real catholics believe in God, and within that faith, we are asked to be open to life whenever God decides to give us such a gift. These days we fail to see what a gift this is! That is why contraception flies in the face of God’s participation in ALL aspects of our lives, including the bedroom. Being catholic is all about being open to God’s plan, however there are times when it isn’t feasible or wise to have a child based on many different factors. That is why modern methods of Natural Family Planning are implemented. It means avoiding sex! Imagine that? Keep your legs together until you’re not fertile! These are about 4 critical days, depending on the female cycle. It’s not hard to do, and sometimes creates an excitement of anticipation. We are not entitled to sex ALL the time, because the body is designed perfectly, to conceive. Is it asking too much of catholics to abstain for a while? Jesus showed us a greater sacrifice. This is the least we can do, and we avoid killing a human. About birth control……did you know that almost all STD’s, including Aids, are smaller than 4 microns, and if a rupture in a condom occurs, it is always greater than 4 microns. ALSO, in this day and age, and with all the contraception available, why are there so many abortions? There should be less….after all contraception was seen as the answer to abortion by Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger. She even said that abortion was horrific, so why don’t pro-abortionists see it the same way? are you too desensitized to even care about the pain experienced by these babies? Don’t forget the aftermath experienced by mourning mothers. They are mothers still, even if they kill all their children. They are mothers, with dead children! The trauma and regret most experience is never talked about. Did you know that, even after rape, the woman who aborts goes to therapy for killing her baby. According to therapists, it far outweighs the trauma of rape to the grieving and regretful mother. Rape should not be used as a defense for abortion, when most abortions are not a result of rape! Besides, in rape, there is not just one victim. If a pregnancy occurs, there is now two victims of rape. Why is the child not also considered a victim? It is time we altered our perceptions, to defend life, and not inflict more horror on top of horror. The images speak to us of the horror. They sicken me to my stomach. How can we, who like to call ourselves compassionate, modern, loving, and forgiving, ever inflict abortion on a woman and a child….both suffer. No, whoever spoke about the catholic church, insisting it stay out of womens affairs, doesn’t get it. This is all of our affair. The church wants women to live and babies to live. It is what Christ wants. I am a woman, and i am the catholic church. I want to defend women from conception to natural death. The church is not the 1% of clergy. It is the laity. We represent the majority, and we are not separate from those who guide us. We agree, as true catholics, with ALL the church teaches. It is the one true faith, and remains relevant and timeless. God designed it that way, and He is never wrong. Get off the women’s issue bandwagon. I am a woman, and the church is right and just on women’s issues. The church should never change to match evil whims. Any arguments? Take it up with God. Respectfully, Lorry

enness July 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Well answered, Sabine. WriterWriter: the facts are not on your side. And the very agency reporting the most inconvenient figures is none other than the research affiliate of Planned Parenthood.

We are fortunate to have a faith that elevates us to the realization that we are more than slaves to our primal drives.

Eating is good, yes. But eating thirty pounds of chocolate in one sitting?

Better analogy: fire. The very real and legitimate need to stay warm led man to invent the fireplace. To the extent that fire remains in the fireplace, it is beneficial. If the man carelessly lets it get out, his whole house is in danger of burning down.

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