Though abortion advocates try to hide it, the truth is that abortion is an invasive and violent procedure that ultimately ends with the death of a baby.

While it is often difficult to talk about such horrific practices, it is necessary to know what abortion is in order to have an honest discussion about it.

There are several methods by which abortions are performed.

Earlier in a pregnancy, either suction aspiration or dilation and curettage (D &C) procedures are typically used. In a suction aspiration, suction curette (hollow tube with a bladed tip) is inserted into the womb. This instrument is connected to a vacuum machine that tears the foetus and placenta into small pieces which are sucked out and discarded. A D&C is very similar except that a hook shaped knife is used to dismember the baby before it is discarded.

Later on in the pregnancy, dilation and evacuation (D&E) or a saline injection abortions are often used. In a D&E, a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp the unborn child. The forceps are used twist and tear the bones of the unborn child and then remove body parts piece by piece.

A saline injection abortion is typically used after four months gestation. In this procedure, a needle is used to inject a poisonous salt solution into the womb. The baby swallows this fluid. The solution also acts as a corrosive and burns off the outer layer of skin. It normally takes somewhat over an hour for the baby to die during this painful process. Within 24 hours, labor will usually set in and the mother will give birth to a dead or dying baby.

Late in pregnancy, partial birth abortions are sometimes used. Using ultrasound technology, the abortionist will partially deliver the baby feet first using a forceps. The abortionist will leave the head inside the mother and use a scissor to stab the baby in the back of the skull. A suction device is used to remove the child’s brain, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed and discarded.

While these procedures are painful for many of us to even think about, the more we understand about the truth of abortion, the more we are able to see with increasing clarity that abortion procedures are ugly, violent, and a terrible stain on our humanity and society.