My name is Anthony Levatino. I’m a practicing obstetriciangynecologist, and I’ve performed over 1,200 abortions. Today, I’m going to describe a 1st Trimester Medical Abortion. This is a procedure in which the mother swallows pills in order to terminate her baby, and it is performed up to the 10th week of pregnancy. The procedure involves two steps: Step One. At the abortion or ‘s office, the woman takes pills which contain Mifepristone,.
Also called RU486. RU486 blocks the action of a hormone called Progesterone. Progesterone is naturally produced in the mother’s body to stabilize the lining of the uterus. When RU486 blocks Progesterone, the lining of the mother’s uterus breaks down, cutting off blood and nourishment to the baby, who then dies inside the mother’s womb. It is important to note that even after it has been taken, it is possible to reverse the effects of RU486 and save the baby, if Progesterone is administered. The sooner, the better.
Step Two. 2448 hours after taking RU486, the woman takes Misoprostol, also called Cytotec, that is administered either orally or vaginally. RU486 and Misoprostol together cause severe cramping, contractions, and often heavy bleeding, to force the dead baby out of the woman’s uterus. The process can be very intense and painful, and the bleeding and contractions can last from a few hours to several days. While she could lose her baby anytime and anywhere during this process, the woman will.
Often sit on a toilet as she prepares to expel the child, which she will then flush. She may even see her dead baby within the pregnancy sac. At 9 weeks, for example, the baby will be almost an inch long, and if she looks carefully, she might be able to count the fingers and toes. After she has disposed of her baby, the woman may have bleeding and spotting for several weeks. Bleeding lasts, on average, 916 days. 8% of women bleed more than 30 days, and 1% require ization because of heavy bleeding.
The failure rate increases as the pregnancy progresses. If failure occurs, she will usually be offered a surgical abortion. For the mother, medical abortion often causes abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and heavy bleeding. Maternal deaths have occurred, most frequently due to infection and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. As I mentioned at the beginning, I’m Anthony Levatino, and in the early part of my career as an OBGYN, I performed over 1,200 abortions. One day, after completing one of those abortions, I looked at the remains of a preborn child.
Whose life I had ended, and all I could see was someone’s son or daughter. I came to realize that killing a baby at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason, is wrong. I want you to know today, no matter where you’re at or what you’ve done, you can change. Make a decision today to protect the preborn. Thank you for your time. I will no longer do any more abortions. When you finally figure out that killing a baby that big for money is wrong, then it.
Doesn’t take you too long to figure out it doesn’t matter if the baby is this big, or this big, or this big, or maybe even this bigâ€” it’s all the same. And I haven’t done any since then and I never will.
What do umbrellas, crochet hooks, carrot seed soup and heavy weights have in common? They’ve all been used to end pregnancies. When it comes to being pregnant there are lots of people who get super excited. They post adorable baby announcements and start picking out names. It’s a big deal. There are even people who undergo intense fertility treatments and spend thousands of dollars to get pregnant because they want biological children. I think we can all agree that not everyone is the same and in regards to pregnancy there are people who feel very differently than the aforementioned ambition and excitement.
Like instead, pregnancy invokes feelings of regret, anxiety, disappointment, anger, apathy and fear. While some of these feelings pass for some people, some of them don’t. They don’t want to be pregnant. They won’t be pregnant. Ending pregnancies has been documented well before common era and in places all over the world. Where possible people often seek medical guidance but for many this is not legal, accessible andor necessary. So for millennia people have been inducing their own abortions in three major forms. One, using sharp objects. Two, physically exerting themselves. Three, abortifacients: substances like herbs or drugs that go into the body. With sharp objects the thing is go in through the vagina, into the cervical os and mix about the contents.
So that what’s inside isn’t attached to the uterus any more. It comes out like a super intense menstrual period. Ideally a medical practitioner would perform this kind of abortion and use a sterilized curette. They’d also use a dilator to open the os so that the cervix isn’t punctured as well. However when there isn’t help many other objects become makeshift curettes. Clothes hangars, knitting needles, crochet hooks, hat pins, bobby pins, bicycle spokes, rubber tubes, umbrella spokes and the abortion stick: a carved piece of wood for the very purpose of inducing an abortion. You’ve probably guessed this is very hard to do safely on one’s own body. In addition to hurting really badly it can lead to infection, infertility and death.
Physical exertion is another way to induce abortions. This method involves disrupting the uterine lining externally. Such as belly flopping, throwing oneself down the stairs, punchingkicking or other big blows to the abdomen, lifting heavy weights, climbing and paddling. One technique called the Lacedaemonian Leap was prescribed by early Greek physicians to expel the contents of the uterus. This was done by jumping up and hitting the buttocks with the heels. Other efforts? Girding the abdomen, lying on a heated coconut, soaking in hot water and deep sea diving. The activities we correlate with spontaneous abortions, or miscarriages, have probably been used to induce abortions. Rigorous activities like riding roller coasters are considered risk factors for placental abruption because the jostling separates the placenta from the uterus.
Wouldn’t it be so much nicer to take a pill and let the body do its thing? People have used and still use substances found in nature or made in laboratories to end their pregnancies: Abortifacients. Here’s a big list of them, many of which you probably won’t recognize because different parts of the world, different options. My take away is that wanting not to be pregnant is not limited to any particular place, nationality, religious group, socioeconomic status or lifestyle. Statistically one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion and that’s across cultures. Presently the World Health Organization approves the use of abortion pills up to the ninth week or sixty third day of pregnancy. Pills that are ninety to ninety nine percent effective that don’t involve stabbing your cervix, getting punched in the gut or imbibing potentially hazardous potions. Pills that don’t involve dying to end pregnancy.
If you live somewhere where abortions are legal and accessible then I highly recommend seeking inperson medical care. Someone to answer your questions, guide your process and stand by if there are complications. If you don’t live where abortions are legal and accessible, a selfinduced abortion with these pills is a safer option. It can be done with the support and guidance of an online medical and service community quickly and inexpensively. Whether in a or at home have a friend with you. You may be able to selfinduce but you don’t have to selfsupport. Stay safe, stay curious. For additional information about abortions check out these tutorials. We’ve also linked to them in the description.