There are four sections in this part of the site - each of which explores in detail the issues surrounding the abortion industry
Partial-birth abortion is a late-term abortion procedure. In 1992, the National Abortion Federation sponsored a presentation by abortionist Martin Haskell entitled, "Dilation and Extraction for Late Second Trimester Abortion." In the presentation, Haskell graphically described the partial-birth abortion technique, known in the medical community as dilation and extraction (D + X).
The initial step in performing a partial-birth abortion involves two days of dilating the mother's cervix. Afterward, the abortionist uses an ultrasound probe to locate the lower extremities of the unborn baby. He then works large grasping forceps through the mother's vaginal and cervical canals and into her uterus.
The abortionist grasps a leg of the infant with the forceps and pulls the leg into the mother's vagina. "With a lower extremity in the vagina, the surgeon uses his fingers to deliver the opposite lower extremity, then the torso, the shoulders and the upper extremities. The skull lodges at the internal cervical os," Haskell explained.
While clutching the baby's shoulders, Haskell continued, the abortionist then "takes a pair of blunt curved Metzenbaum scissors. . . . He carefully advances the tip, curve down, along the spine and under his middle finger until he feels it contact the base of the skull under the tip of his middle finger. . . .
The surgeon then forces the scissors into the base of the skull. Having safely entered the skull, he then spreads the scissors to enlarge the opening. The surgeon removes the scissors and introduces a suction catheter into this hole and evacuates the skull contents. With the catheter still in place, he applies traction to the fetus, removing it completely from the patient."
For the same reason that people publish pictures of Nazi concentration camps. For the same reason that television stations used to broadcast pictures of napalm victims in Vietnam. Because these pictures are accurate depictions of what is going on 50 million times a year across the world. Because they are the evidence that a child did exist, a child who was brutally murdered and violated.
Part of the message of these pictures is this: before you decide your position on abortion, know what abortion does! If you decide to support the pro-choice position, you should know that this is what you are in favor of allowing women to choose, and doctors to execute.
Even if abortion were neat and clean, quick and painless, it would still be a horror, for any killing of an innocent human being is a horror. The ghastly methods depicted in these pictures add to the horror; and contemplating the results of abortions helps us to grasp the horror of any abortion.
Read more on abortion, its providers and methods below:
Issues Around the Abortion Debate
How Abortions are Performed
Abortion Providers : Past and Present
Evidence of the Abortion Industry