Fact a Day: January 23rd - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: January 23rd

The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 19-20

What really happens during an abortion? (cont…)


Another abortion procedure is called the D and E or “dilation and evacuation.” The procedure is usually performed between the fourth and eighth months. The cervix is again dilated but, instead of suction, the forceps (resembling pliers) are inserted and clamped onto body parts, twisting them off and removing them in pieces. Then the spine and skull are crushed and extracted. The curette or sharp, oval-shaped knife is then used to scrape out the uterus.

When D and C (dilation and curettage) is used, the knife is repeatedly put inside the womb and rotated. When resistance is encountered, the scraping is concentrated. In other words, a child may have its arms cut off, legs cut off, its face slashed and head cut off, and its body mutilated and cut into small pieces. The body parts and placenta are then suctioned out.* The technical term for methodologically cutting the baby to pieces is “morcellation.” These procedures are potentially dangerous.

Any time an abortion is performed which cuts or sucks the child to pieces, the body parts must be carefully reassembled to verify a “complete” infant now exists outside the womb. The reason for this is the danger from infection should any body part of the child be left in the womb. A paper presented to the Association of Planned Parenthood physicians in 1978 described the D and E technique in this manner: “The fetus was extracted in small pieces to minimize cervical trauma. The fetal head was often the most difficult object to crush and remove because of its size and contour. The operator kept track of each portion of the fetal skeleton. . . .”*

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Abortion.


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