Fact a Day: January 24th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: January 24th

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

What really happens during an abortion? (cont…)


The “saline method”—salt poisoning—is another abortion procedure that is used between four and seven months. This was the most common method employed throughout the 1970s.* In this procedure, a 3 ½ to 4-inch needle is inserted through the stomach wall of the mother into the amniotic sac. Two hundred milliliters of amniotic fluid are withdrawn and replaced with a powerful salt solution. In this procedure the child swallows salt, as well as “breathes” it in. In essence, the child is slowly poisoned while the salt is burning the skin over the entire body. The mother goes into labor and expels a dead, badly burned, and shriveled baby. Occasionally, babies who survive the procedure are born with severe complications because, “Through this process the tissues and organs of the child begin to hemorrhage and are destroyed. Huge bruises appear all over the body surfaces as arteries and veins rupture. “*

Other abortions are induced using the chemical prostaglandin. The prostaglandin consists of hormone-like compounds which are injected or applied to the uterine muscle, causing fetal circulatory damage, intense contractions, and the expelling of the baby. Because prostaglandin is not directly lethal to the pre-born, such abortions result in far more live births than with the saline method. These unexpected live births are extremely difficult on medical staff and particularly the mother: “Gasping for air, twitching and moving about, babies born struggling to survive abortion are unforgettable to their mothers. After watching these infants die, the scene is replayed mentally over and over again, and a cycle of self punishment may begin.”*

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


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