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She's a Child
Not a “Choice”

16 week-old baby developing in the womb.


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Test Your Abortion I.Q.

A
1. On January 22, 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court legalized
Love at abortion through which month of pregnancy?
A) 3rd month B) 4th month C) 6th month D) 9th month
first sight. 2. Since abortion was legalized in 1973 the number of preborn
babies’ lives extinguished by surgical abortion alone is:
A) 6 million B) 20 million C) 33 million D) 42 million

3. About what percentage of pregnancies end in abortion?


A) 15% B) 22% C) 33% D) 47%

4. What age group has the greatest number of abortions?


Dear Reader: A) 15-19 B) 20-24 C) 25-29 D) 30-34
If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, or know someone who

B
5. Over 10 million black children have been aborted since
is, please be assured that we understand the emotional trauma you are going abortion was legalized. This is what fraction of the present black
through — the doubts, the fears, the frustration. population in the U.S.?
At first, opting for an abortion probably sounds like a quick solution. You A) 1/8 B) 1/5 C) 1/3 D) 1/2
need to be advised that abortion is not in your best interest. Those who have
been telling you that it’s a “women’s rights” issue have been withholding 6. Women who abort their first child stand how much greater
critical information from you. risk of developing breast cancer?
If you are subjecting yourself to the possible physical and emotional after- A) 2 x B) 3 x C) 4 x D) 6 x
effects of abortion (see page 9), or making yourself two to four times more
prone to breast cancer as outlined on page 4, shouldn’t people who claim to 7. With the advances in medical science the number of surgical
be for women be warning you of these consequences? procedures which are now performed on babies in the womb is:
Perhaps abortion isn’t about women’s rights after all! What then, or A) Over 50 B) 80 C) 90 D) Over 100
whom, is it about? The answer can be found within these pages. For
instance, as Dr. Jerome LeJeune points out on page 7, the miniature lan- 8. What percentage of teen pregnancies end in abortion?
guage mapping out the new baby at the time of fertilization contains more A) 30% B) 35% C) 38% D) 40%
information than can be stored in five sets of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

C
It is our hope that in reading this supplement you will be convinced that 9. What percent of abortions performed in the U.S. are repeat
abortion, besides not being in your best interest, is indeed an unjust, inhu- abortions?
mane and irreversible destruction of an innocent human life. There are A) 30.5% B) 40.2% C) 53.9% D) 60.7%
alternatives to such a drastic measure!
Is carrying your baby to term a manageable decision? Yes it is! Please 10.What percent of women who have had abortions experience
refer to page 11 to realize the number of people and organizations ready suicidal tendencies?
and eager to help you. Don’t hesitate to call on them, whatever your needs. A) 45% B) 62% C) 70% D) 77%
The support is there to see you through your pregnancy - and beyond!
We often receive heart-wrenching letters from women such as Michelle 11.A developing baby’s heart begins to beat at:
(see page 11) who regret their past decisions to abort their babies. They
A) 21 days B) 30 days C) 45 days D) 60 days
wish that they would have had this information to save themselves from a
lifetime of grief and suffering. 12. What percentage of women of childbearing age in the U.S.
Remember the decision you make will affect you for the rest of your life. undergo some form of fertility treatment?
Don't let anyone pressure you into a quick decision! We don’t pretend to A) 5% B) 8% C) 10% D) 15%
have an easy solution - but a manageable, rewarding one that you will not
regret: continued life for your baby! For the answers, turn to page 9.
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Fact or Fiction? Legalized Abortion


Abortion Myths Exposed Based on Lies and Fraud
E
arly in 1970, Norma McCorvey, lawyers to take the whole mess off her
Claim: I should have the right to “choose.”
the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, hands, obtain a divorce and regain custody
Answer: Should our society allow a person to “choose” to kill another person
claimed that she had been gang- of her children sounded too good to be true.
to solve his problem? With abortion, the “choice” comes down to a “choice”
raped and became pregnant. Attorneys When the attorneys hinted that they
between a cradle and a grave.
Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, newly would like to strike a deal which would
Claim: I have been granted a “right” to abortion. graduated from the University of Texas include aborting the child Sandra was car-
Answer: This so-called “right” has no basis in the Constitution. The U.S. Law School, needed a “client” in order to rying, she made it very clear that she could
Supreme Court claims to have discovered a “privacy” right in the “penum- challenge Texas’ 100-year old law that never do that. Yet, her attorneys ignored
bra” of the Constitution. The 14th Amendment guarantees protection for all banned abortions. her objections and
“My behavior may not
U.S. “persons.” But, the High Court, in Roe v. Wade, determined that unborn They convinced used her to accomplish
children are not “persons,” even though they have such rights as the right to Norma that she should have been totally ethical. their goal. When she
be protected from a drug-addicted mother, or the right to be protected from be seeking an abortion. realized her case had
harm or death because of another’s negligence (abortion is the only excep- The case was sub- But I did it for what I been used to obtain
tion). sequently argued all abortion-on-demand
the way to the Su- thought were the right she said, “...I surely
Claim: It’s my body, I should have control. preme Court which re- never thought they
Answer: Genetically, mother and baby are separate individuals from sulted in legalizing reasons.” would tie my personal
conception. Example, in a 1998 in-vitro mixup an African-American baby abortion in all 50 states Sarah Weddington anxieties about retriev-
embryo and a Caucasian baby embryo were implanted in the same mother. Roe v. Wade Attorney
in 1973. In the mean- ing my children to a
Nine months later, a black baby and a white baby were born. The mother’s Tulsa World 5/24/93
time, Norma’s baby scheme to make abor-
body had added no components to either. Her womb only provided a safe was born and released for adoption. In tion-on-demand legal.” Just as the
place for them to develop and grow. 1987, McCorvey admitted that the gang- McCorvey baby was carried to term and
rape was a lie. In 1995, she joined the pro- relinquished for adoption, so was Baby
Claim: The government should not interfere with the “right” to abortion.
life movement stating that she was tired of Cano. Yet, 40,000,000 other babies have
Answer: Our Declaration of Independence declares that we have an
being exploited by the pro-abortionists. lost their lives to surgical abortion because
“inalienable right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas
While Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, of these two cases. Millions more have
Jefferson defined government’s role, “The care of human life and happiness,
the companion case Doe v. Bolton provided died from chemical abortions. Sandra Cano,
and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
court-sanctioned abortion-on-demand for like Norma McCorvey, has become an avid,
President Reagan, a defender of the human and civil rights of the preborn,
the entire nine months of pregnancy. pro-life activist.
called it “the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without
which no other rights have any meaning.” (Without life, taxation, education
Playboy Provided the Funding
etc., are immaterial).
Hugh Heffner, founder of Playboy, I LIED THROUGH MY TEETH
Claim: If taxpayers’ money is not available to pay for abortions “poor” claims to have done one great thing for
women will be denied access to abortion. women: “Playboy probably had more to
do than any other company with Roe v.
O n March 3, 1997, Ron Fitzsimmons,
Executive Director of the National
Coalition of Abortion Providers, which
Answer: The government is very explicit about which items may be
Wade. We supplied the money for those represents more than 200 abortion clin-
purchased with food stamps. Is this considered discrimination? The same
ics, confessed that he “lied through his
people who argue for “public” subsidies for abortions are the same ones who early cases and actually wrote the amicus
teeth” about the number of partial-birth
argue that it is a “private” decision. To quote Congressman Henry Hyde, “We curiae for Roe.” abortions in the U.S. and the reasons for
have a ‘right’ to free speech. Does this mean the government has to buy us Miami Herald 11/18/92 which they were done.
He admitted that he deliberately lied to
a personal computer? A typewriter? A megaphone?”
protect the abortion-rights movement,
Sandra Cano was “Mary Doe” of Doe
that pro-lifers are right in claiming that
Claim: I am personally opposed to abortion, but I would not interfere with v. Bolton partial-birth abortions have become com-
another’s right to have an abortion nor impose my morality on others. Sandra Cano now says she was an unwit- monplace, instead of rare as claimed by
Answer: Would you have argued that slavery is O.K. for somebody else, but ting participant in fraud in the highest court the abortion lobby. Fitzsimmons ex-
plained that, in fact, thousands of partial-
not for yourself? Every law ever passed reflects society’s (or a body of in the land. Sandra was a young expectant
birth abortions (rather than the 200 to
lawmakers’) standard for morality. Consider Driving While Intoxicated mother with three children facing a divorce which he had originally attested) are
(DWI) laws, anti-drug laws, or laws against rape & prostitution. from a husband who was in jail for child performed annually. He further confessed
molestation. Cano’s three children had that, in the overwhelming majority of
Claim: If abortions are banned, women will resort to back alley abortions. cases, the procedure ends the life of a
been taken from her by family service work-
healthy late-term baby who is being car-
Answer: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in ers. They were being shunted from one bad ried by a healthy mother. Administra-
1972, the year prior to the legalization of abortion 39 women died from illegal environment to another. Cano was almost tors of a NJ abortion clinic admitted, at
abortions. During the same year 25 women died from legal abortions (legal insane with grief when she turned to Legal the time of Fitzsimmons’ disclosure, that
in two states). The actual number of maternal deaths from legal abortions is of the 3,000 abortions they performed in
Aid Services for help. The offer of N.O.W.
1992, 1,500 were late-term abortions.
being under-reported.
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Can Abortion Increase Your


Risk of Breast Cancer?
by Dr. Joel Brind, Ph.D.
According to 27 out of 31 studies, even one abortion increases the risk of getting
breast cancer later in life. Dr. Joel Brind, an endocrinology specialist, who has done
a great deal of research on this issue and has compiled the results of the numerous
studies, explains below the science behind the link. His reports reveal an increased
breast cancer risk of 50%, if an abortion is performed before the first live birth. If
multiple abortions are performed the risk can increase up to 100%. He also explains
how spontaneous miscarriages do not produce the same result.

Abortion Disrupts Hormonal Balance terone and estradiol. By 7 to 8 weeks gesta-


Estrogen is the hormone that turns a girl’s tion, a pregnant woman’s blood already con-
body into a woman’s body at puberty. Actu- tains six times more estradiol than it did at
ally, there is a whole class of similar steroids, the time of conception, more than twice the
estrogens, which can stimulate the growth of highest level attained in the non-pregnant
the breasts and other female tissues. The state.
most abundant and important estrogen se- Cancer Cells Run Amok
creted by a woman’s ovaries is called estra- How estradiol, or estrogens in general,
diol. relate to breast cancer risk, has to do with
After puberty, the levels of estradiol rise their role in the growth of breast tissue. It is
and fall twice with each menstrual cycle. estradiol which makes the breasts grow to a
Under the influence of the pituitary gland’s mature size at puberty, and which makes any abnormal, potentially cancer-forming cancer risk lowering effect of a full term
follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), new, them grow again during pregnancy. The cells cells already in her breasts (present to some pregnancy...
egg-containing follicles develop in the ova- in the breast which are responsive to estra- extent in all people) have also been stimu- Most miscarriages occur in the first tri-
ries during the first half of the menstrual diol are those which are primitive, or undif- lated to multiply. All this translates into a mester, and over 90% of these are character-
cycle. The follicular, estradiol-secreting cells ferentiated. Once terminally differentiated statistically greater probability that a cancer- ized by abnormally low maternal estradiol
surrounding the eggs proliferate, and so the into milk-producing cells, breast cells can no ous tumor may eventually arise. In fact most levels (quantities that do not exceed non-
ovaries secrete ever larger quantities of es- longer be stimulated to reproduce. risk factors for breast cancer are attributable pregnant levels). One team of Swiss obste-
tradiol, reaching a peak about one day before It is the undifferentiated cells which can to overexposure to some form of estrogen. tricians, as far back as 1976, was actually
ovulation. This pre-ovulatory peak is the give rise to cancerous tumors later in life. If In contrast, a full term pregnancy results able to predict miscarriages with 92% accu-
highest blood level of estradiol a woman a woman therefore has gone through some in full differentiation of the breast tissue for racy with just a single measurement of estra-
ever normally experiences in the non-preg- weeks of a normal pregnancy, and then aborts the purpose of milk production, which leaves diol. Theoretically, this makes perfect sense:
nant state. It stimulates her pituitary gland to that pregnancy, she is left with more of these fewer cancer-vulnerable cells in the breasts the very reason for an early miscarriage is an
secrete another hormone, luteinizing hor- cancer-vulnerable cells than she had in her than were there before the pregnancy began. inadequate supply of progesterone from
mone (LH), which actually triggers ovula- breasts before she was pregnant. In addition, This translates into the well known breast which estradiol is made.
tion. However, there is reason to believe that
After ovulation, the follicle which has
expelled the egg becomes filled with another
ABORTION: IT JUST MIGHT KILL YOU pregnancies which survive the first trimester
(and they couldn’t survive without adequately
kind of cell called a luteal cell. These luteal high progesterone levels, which are paral-

A
ngela Nieto Sanchez died at a the relative to take them back to the abor-
cells proliferate under the influence of pitu- Santa Ana, CA abortion mill in tion mill. Just as they arrived they saw leled by estradiol) are likely to raise breast
itary LH, thus secreting ever larger quanti- 1993 from a drug injection given Hanna trying to stuff their mother’s body cancer risk, if they go on to miscarry due to
by Alicia Ruiz Hanna who was neither a into Hanna’s car. They seized the body and
ties of both estradiol and the pregnancy hor- physical trauma or anatomic defect. Since
doctor nor a nurse. Hanna has since been hurried to a hospital where they were in-
mone progesterone, from which estradiol is convicted of murder. formed that their mother had been dead most miscarriages do occur in the first tri-
made. Two of Sanchez’s children were in the since early that morning. mester, miscarriages generally have been
Since pituitary secretion of LH falls off waiting room while their mother was hav- At the trial, prosecutors showed that found not to increase the risk of breast can-
ing the abortion. After Sanchez died, Hanna Sanchez could have been saved because a
quite sharply after ovulation, the corpus lu- cer. Remember: reproductive rights are mean-
tried to talk the 12-year old daughter into fire station with emergency workers was
teum (as the former follicle is now called) driving the mother’s car away. She re- less than one mile away. A worker at the ingless without the right of women to know
begins to regress, unless fertilization of the fused. The children continued to wait. The abortion mill said that Hanna had planned all the consequences of the choices they may
egg (conception) takes place. If conception clinic staff took the children out for lunch. to dump the body in the Tijuana River. make.
When they returned, the mother’s car was Hanna admitted that she did not dial 911
has occurred, the embryo begins--almost im-
gone and the children were told that the because she feared being arrested for the
mediately--to secrete another chemical mes- mother had left the abortion mill. Hours botched abortion - an admission the trial For this complete article and its documen-
senger which acts like LH to “rescue” the later, the staff asked the children to call a judge called “callous and self-serving.” tation, plus Dr. Brind's responses to those
corpus luteum. relative to take them home, which they did. To find out about other abortion compli- who deny the link, check out
When Sanchez’s children returned home cations and deaths read Lime 5, available
If rescued, the corpus luteum proceeds to www.humanlife.org/breastcancer.
and their mother was not there they asked from Life Dynamics at 1-800-401-6494.
generate enormous concentrations of proges-
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“What I Saw in the Aborted Babies


Abortion Industry” Sold For Profit
T
hinking about having an abortion?
Carol Everett was involved in the abortion industry in the Dallas/Fort Did you know your baby's organs,
Worth, Texas, area. As director of four clinics, and owner of two, Ms. limbs, or fetal tissue could be used
Everett was responsible for the clinics’ daily operation. Everett, who for research and experimentation?
had an abortion herself now speaks out. In 1999, Life Dynamics Inc. (LDI), of
Denton, TX, uncovered a coordinated lucra-
tive industry functioning for the specific
What is the governing force behind the Abortion is supposed to be a “safe” expe- purpose of obtaining and selling high-qual-
abortion industry? rience. What complications did you wit- ity fetal organs for research.
A. Money. It is a very lucrative business. It ness? A “procurement agent” from within the
is the largest unregulated industry in our We were doing a one-day traumatic dila- industry became a whistle blower and re-
nation. Most of the clinics are run in chains tation, which has a higher rate of complica- vealed how a team would go into late-term
because it is so profitable. tion. In the last 18 months I was in the Carol Everett, the woman who ran four abortion mills to dissect aborted babies and
business, we were completing over 500 abor- abortion mills. procure fetal parts. The informant reported
Why do you refer to “selling” abortions? tions monthly and killing or maiming one that the procurers would get a generated list
The product, abortion, is skillfully mar- woman out of 500. Common complications not with the patient only in keeping an un- each day letting them know which body
keted and sold to the woman at the crisis time that take place are perforations or tears in the blemished reputation. You have a built-in parts or organs were in demand from the
in her life. She buys the product, finds it uterus. Many of those result in hysterecto- cover-up with the patient's family. They are researchers, pharmaceutical companies and
defective and wants to return it for a refund. mies. The doctor might cut or harm the dealing with their guilt and emotions over universities. The specimens included eyes,
But, it’s too late. Her baby is dead. urinary tract, which then requires surgical the situation and do not want to deal with the livers, hearts, brains, kidneys, spleens, and
repair. A complication that is rarely publi- added pressure of exposing the truth through intact bodies.
In what way is the woman deceived? cized is the one in which the doctor perfo- the media.
In two ways — the clinic personnel and rates the uterus and pulls the bowels through
the marketers must deny the personhood of the vagina, resulting in colostomy. Some of Why did you get out of the abortion busi-
the child and the pain caused by the proce- those can be reversed, some must live with ness?
dure. Every woman has two questions, “Is it the colostomy for the remainder of their Two things came into play at about the
a baby?” and “Does it hurt?” The abortionist lives. same time. I experienced a profoundly re-
must answer “NO.” He/she must lie to ligious transformation—a conversion. At
secure the consent of the woman and the How did you keep these complications about the time I was having second thoughts
collection of the clinic’s fee. The women and deaths from the public? a Dallas television station did an expose
were told that we were dealing with a “prod- The woman would be loaded into my car disclosing the abortions performed at my
uct of conception” or a “glob of tissue.” (an ambulance outside an abortion clinic is clinic on nonpregnant women—all for
They were told that there would be only terrible advertising) and transported to a money! I finally realized we weren’t helping
slight cramping, whereas, in reality, an abor- hospital that would protect the doctor and the women—we were destroying them—and
tion is excruciatingly painful. I know be- abortion clinic’s reputation. The concern is their children.
cause I had one.

COMMON ABORTION METHODS


LDI discovered that in many instances
What type of counseling was offered at the these babies were born alive, then killed, so
clinics? the procurement team could get the tissue or
In the clinics in which I was involved we organs while still fresh. The body parts are
didn’t do any real counseling. We answered Suction-aspiration Partial-Birth Abortion (D&X) then packed in dry ice and shipped to their
only the questions the woman asked and The abortionist inserts a hollow plastic After three days of preparations, the destination via UPS, Fed Ex, Airborne, or by
tried not to “rock the boat.” We did not tube into the dilated cervix. “This tube is abortionist places an ultrasound transducer special couriers. How does the abortion in-
discuss alternatives to abortion unless the attached to a suction machine. The suction on the mother’s abdomen and locates the dustry circumvent federal law which pro-
woman forced us to. We sold abortions. machine is turned on. The uterus is emp- child’s legs and feet. The abortionist then hibits the sale of human body parts or tissue?
tied by suction.” 1 The suction tears the uses a large forceps to grasp one of the Fetal tissue wholesalers pay the abortion
What method of abortion did your clinics baby’s body as he/she is being pulled baby’s legs. He pulls firmly, forcing the clinics a “site fee” to place the “procurement
use? through the hose. child into a feet-down (breech) position. agents” in the abortion mills. The abortionist
For the most part, the abortion industry He continues pulling until the baby’s leg is then “donates” the tissue or body parts to the
stopped using saline and prostaglandin pro- Dilatation and Evacuation (D&E) drawn into the birth canal. wholesaler. The wholesaler bills the research-
cedures because of the number of live births. Used after 12 weeks. Once the cervix is Next, using his hands instead of for- ers, not for the actual parts or organs, but for
A live birth means you have to let the baby dilated considerably further than in first ceps, the abortionist delivers the baby’s the cost of retrieval.
die, or dispose of it in some distasteful way. trimester abortions, the abortionist inserts body in a manner similar to a breech birth. Documentation uncovered by LDI in-
Most second and third trimester abortionists a narrow forceps that resembles a pliers. First, the child’s other leg is delivered, cluded wholesalers’ purchasing lists with
use the D&E (dilatation and evacuation) The pliers-like instrument is needed be- followed by the torso, shoulders, and arms. individual pricing per organ or body part,
method. The abortionist uses large forceps cause the baby’s bones are calcified, as is The baby’s head remains inside the vagi- technically called “fee for services sched-
to dismember the baby inside the mother’s the skull. The abortionist inserts the instru- nal birth canal. ule.” A sampling of one of the wholesaler’s
uterus and remove it in pieces. The baby ment into the uterus, seizes a leg or other The abortionist then performs the last inventory includes: an intact trunk (with or
must be reconstructed outside the uterus to part of the body and, with a twisting mo- step. Using surgical scissors in a closed without limbs) $500; gonads $550; eyes
be certain all the parts have been removed. tion, tears it from the baby’s body. The position, he pierces the child’s head at the $75; brains $999; livers $150; and spinal
spine must be snapped and the skull crushed base of the skull. He forces the scissors cords $325. There is also a 30% discount if
How did you dispose of an aborted baby? in order to remove them from the womb. open to enlarge the skull opening. The the tissue is “significantly fragmented.”
In our clinics, we put them down the Body parts are then reassembled and abortionist then inserts a suction catheter It has become obvious that one of the
garbage disposal. We used the heavy duty counted to make certain that the entire into the brain and vacuums out the child’s reasons why the abortion advocates insist
model. Some second and third trimester baby has been removed and that no parts brain tissue with a machine 28 times more upon maintaining the cruel and inhumane
babies’ muscle structure is so strong that the remain in the womb. powerful than a household vacuum. practice of partial-birth abortion is to be able
baby will not come apart, so they must be to deliver intact bodies, minus the brains, to
disposed of through trash receptacles. 1. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Abortion: Questions and Answers (1991). the researchers.
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Chronology of a New Life

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18 weeks gestation
Fertilization Month Two
The sperm joins with the ovum to form The pre-born baby has all her fingers.
one cell. This one cell contains the complex Brain waves can be detected and the brain is
genetic makeup for every detail of human controlling 40 sets of muscles as well as the
development—the child’s sex, hair and eye organs. The jaw forms, including teeth buds
color, height, skin tone, etc. in the gums. The eyelids seal during this time
to protect the baby’s developing light-sensi-

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Month One
The first cell divides and cell division
continues in an orderly fashion as the small
group of cells travels down the Fallopian
tive eyes, the stomach produces digestive
juices, and the kidneys have begun to func-
tion. The developing baby is now referred to
as the fetus, a Latin word meaning “young
tube to the uterus. There are over 100 cells one.”

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present when this tiny embryo reaches the
uterus 7 to 10 days after fertilization. Foun- Month Three
dations of the brain, spinal cord and nervous Unique fingerprints
system are already established, and on day are evident and never 8 weeks gestation
21 the heart begins to beat in a regular change. The baby now
fashion. Muscles are forming, and arms, sleeps, awakens, and
legs, eyes and ears have begun to show. The exercises her muscles
embryo is 10,000 times larger than the origi- by turning her head, Month Six
nal fertilized egg and developing rapidly. curling her toes, and Oil and sweat glands are functioning.
The baby's delicate skin is protected in the
6 weeks gestation amniotic sac by a special ointment “vernix.”

Month Seven
The baby’s brain has as many cells as it
will have at birth. The pre-born child uses
the four senses of vision, hearing, taste, and
touch. Research has documented that she
can now recognize her mother’s voice.

Month Eight
opening and closing her mouth - often suck- The skin begins to thicken, with a layer of
ing her thumb. She breathes amniotic fluid to fat stored underneath for insulation and nour-
help develop her respiratory system. By the ishment. The baby swallows a gallon of
end of the month all the organs and systems amniotic fluid per day. She often hiccups.
of her body are functioning. The only major She has been urinating for several months.
activity from now until birth is growth.

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Month Nine
Month Four Toward the end of this month, the baby is
By the end of this month the baby is 8 to ready for birth. After birth new brain cells
10 inches in length and weighs 1/2 pound. are being formed for nine months. Like-
Her ears are functioning and the baby hears wise, other organ systems are still matur-
her mother’s heartbeat, as well as external ing. Of the 45 generations of cell divisions
noises. Because the pre-born child is now before adulthood, 41 have taken place in the
larger, the mother usually begins to feel her womb. Only four more will come before
baby’s movements. adolescence. In developmental terms we
spend 90% of our lives in the womb.
Month Five
Half the pregnancy has now passed. The
baby is about 12 inches long. If a sound is In the U.S. it is
especially loud or startling, she may jump in possible to obtain an
reaction to it. Babies born at this stage of
development are surviving at an ever increas-
abortion at ANY time
ing rate, thanks to medical advances. before birth!
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The Symphony of Life


In the words of Dr. LeJeune, “Each of us
“Each of us has a very precise has a very precise starting point which is the
time at which the whole necessary and suffi-
starting moment which is the time at
cient genetic information is gathered inside
which the whole necessary and sufficient one cell, the fertilized egg, and this is the
moment of fertilization. There is not the
genetic information is gathered inside slightest doubt about that, and we know that
this information is written on a kind of rib-
one cell, the fertilized egg, and this is bon which we call the DNA.”
To further emphasize the extreme minute-
the moment of fertilization. There is
ness of the DNA language, Dr. LeJeune drew
not the slightest doubt about that a most interesting analogy. He said that if all
the one-meter-long DNA of the sperms and
and we know that this Renowned geneticist, Jerome LeJeune all the one-meter-long DNA of the ova which
contain the instructions for the 5 billion
information is written on

T
he late Jérome LeJeune, M.D., Ph.D., human beings who will replace us on this
one of the world’s foremost authori- planet were brought together in one place,
a kind of ribbon which
ties in the field of genetics, taught us the total amount of matter would be roughly
we call the DNA.” much about the intricacies of the beginning the size of two aspirin tablets.
of human life. “At no time,” Dr. LeJeune stated, “is the
human being a blob of protoplasm. As far as
your nature is concerned, I see no difference
Dr. Russell Sacco between the early person that you were at
of Oregon took conception and the late person which you are
now. You were, and are, a human being.”
this picture of the
The Science of Fetology has advanced to
perfectly formed the point that it can now be determined
feet of a 10-week- within three to seven days after fertilization
old aborted baby if the new human being is a boy or a girl.
When Dr. LeJeune testified in a Tennessee
waiting for dis-
Court in 1989 as to the humanity of seven
posal in a frozen embryos he held the court spellbound
pathologist’s with the following visual/audio reference to
man’s “symphony of life.” He explained
laboratory. The
that if you were to buy a CD on which a
feet in the picture Mozart symphony had been recorded and
are held between insert it in a player, what is being reproduced
the doctor’s thumb is the movement of the air that transmits to
you the genius of Mozart. Accordingly,
and forefinger.
LeJeune further explained, “It’s exactly the
same way life is played. On the tiny mini-
cassettes, which are our chromosomes, are
written various parts of the opus which is for
[a] human symphony, and as soon as all the
information necessary [is brought together]
... to spell the whole symphony this sym-
phony plays itself; that is, a new man is
beginning his career... as soon as he has been
conceived, a man is a man.”

“With no hype at all, the Dr. LeJeune called that very first cell, the
fertilized egg, “the most specialized cell
Dr. Jérome LeJeune, who resided in Paris,
France, was a medical doctor, a Doctor of

fetus can rightly be called a under the sun.” He explained that the fertil-
ized egg contains more information about
Science and a professor of Fundamental
Genetics for over 20 years. Dr. LeJeune
discovered the genetic cause of Down Syn-
marvel of cognition, the new individual than can be stored in five
sets (not volumes) of the Encyclopedia drome, receiving the Kennedy Prize for this
discovery and, in addition, received the
consciousness and sentience.” Britannica (if enlarged to normal print). No
other cell will ever again have the same Memorial Allen Award Medal, the world’s
instructions as those in the life of the indi- highest award for work in Genetics. Dr.
Newsweek Special Issue (Summer 1991) “How Kids Grow” by Sharon Begley vidual being created. LeJeune died on April 3, 1994.
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What About Rape and Incest? Where Have All the Workers Gone?
The Answers May Surprise You alarm
The United Nations has begun to sound the c) helping companies recruit employees
about the declining birthrate world- abroad;

W
hat about the victims of feel personally assaulted and insulted every wide. The U.S. population too is shrinking d) having Governor Vilsack make sales
rape and incest who be- time I hear that abortion should be legal since we have sunk below replacement level. pitches to prospective immigrants.1
come pregnant? Re- because of rape and incest. I feel that we’re Regarding the declining birth rate and the
searchers David C. being used by pro-abortionists to further the shortage of people in the workforce, a case in It should be obvious why we are experienc-
Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie abortion issue, even though we’ve not been point is the State of Iowa. ing labor shortages. Over 42 million preborn
recently completed (2000) a nine year study, asked to tell our side of the story.’ Because Iowa now has fewer residents babies have been killed by abortion since
the most extensive study of pregnancy out- Trapping the Incest Victim than it did 20 years ago, with an unemploy- 1973. At least one-third of those potential
comes ever carried out on sexual assault “The case against abortion for incest preg-
victims. They published their findings in the nancies is even stronger. Studies show that
book Victims and Victors, Speaking Out incest victims rarely ever voluntarily agree
About Their Pregnancies, to abortion. Instead of view-
Abortions, and Children Re- “It doesn’t matter ing the pregnancy as unwanted,
1
sulting from Sexual Assault. the incest victim is more likely
As part of their research the how I began. to see the pregnancy as a way
authors reviewed and reported out of the incestuous relation-
on the results of previous stud- What matters is ship because the birth of her
ies, as well as documenting child will expose the sexual
who I will
testimonies gathered from 192 activity...
women who became pregnant “For example, Edith Young,
become.”
as a result of rape or incest, and a 12-year-old victim of incest
from 55 children conceived in sexual as- impregnated by her stepfather, writes twenty- ment rate of 2% there will not be enough workers would now be in, or entering, the job
sault, most of whom are now adults. Some of five years after the abortion of her child: workers to allow new businesses to open, or force.
these children were raised by their birth ‘Throughout the years I have been depressed, existing ones to expand or even replace retir- According to an industry trade group, the
mothers; others were placed for adoption. suicidal, furious, outraged, lonely, and felt a ees. To fill these shortages Iowa is proposing Computing Technology Industry Associa-
The conclusion reached by the three re- sense of loss ... The abortion which was to be an all-out immigration recruitment drive. tion, the U.S. is presently unable to fill
searchers, as well as by their predecessors, is in my best interest just has not been. As far Governor Tom Vilsack said, “The point is 269,000 high-tech jobs, costing U.S. busi-
that: “Sexual assault is actually a contraindi- as I can tell, it only saved their [parents’] we need more people.” According to him, an nesses some $4.5 billion annually in lost
cation for abortion. A doctor treating a reputations, solved their problems and al- aspect of the program or plan has to be a production.2
sexual assault victim should advise against lowed their lives to go merrily on. ...My method “by which we become a welcoming To which countries will the U.S. look to fill
abortion precisely because of the traumatic daughter, how I miss her so. I miss her state for people from different cultures.” our labor shortage? U.S. recruitment could
nature of the pregnancy.” The testimonies regardless of the reason for her conception.’ The Governor’s Commission is studying produce a “brain drain” from Third World
and studies quoted in this book “confirm that Children Conceived in Rape options. The possibilities include: countries that so desperately need their edu-
both the mother and child are helped by “We must recognize that children con- a) seeking an exemption from federal cated youth to remain at home to help the
preserving life, not by perpetuating violence.” ceived through sexual assault also deserve to immigration quotas; mother country rise out of poverty.
In the first chapter of Victims and Victors have their voices heard. Rebecca Wasser- b) making Iowa a priority destination for
we read: “Research shows that after any Kiessling, who was conceived in rape, is refugees;
abortion, it is common for women to experi- rightfully proud of her mother’s courage and 1. St. Paul Pioneer Press, “Shrinking Iowa Eyes Foreign Recruits,” 8/28/00.
ence guilt, depression, feelings of being generosity and wisely reminds us of a funda- 2. Population Research Institute News Syndicate, Vol. 2, No. 5, includes references to the UN
Population Division’s World Population Prospects, 1998 Revision.
‘dirty,’ resentment of men, and lowered self- mental truth that transcends biological pater-
esteem. These feelings are identical to what nity: ‘I believe that God rewarded my birth
women typically feel after rape. Abortion, mother for the suffering she endured, and
Tell It Like It Is
then, only adds to and accentuates the trau- that I am a gift to her. The serial rapist is not Glamour, the popular women's magazine, abortionist and her crew never counseled
matic feelings associated with sexual as- my creator; God is.’ invited input from readers who considered me on anything--the procedure itself, the
sault. Rather than easing the psychological “Similarly, Julie Makimaa, who works dili- themselves pro-life. The responses from risks, the alternatives ... I wondered why,
burdens, abortion adds to them. gently against the perception that abortion is 3,000 women were summed up in the 2/94 if I had participated in this wonderful, self-
Case in Point acceptable or even necessary in cases of edition. The magazine reported,“Virtually liberating experience, I did not feel a sense
“Kathleen DeZeeuw, whose son Patrick sexual assault, proclaims, ‘It doesn’t matter all of those who'd had abortions in the past of deliverance, but a loss of self respect,
was conceived in rape when she was 16, how I began. What matters is who I will said that if they'd only known how much and little by little a loss of myself.”
writes: ‘I, having lived through rape, and become.’ That’s a slogan we can all live they'd regret having an abortion after the Another woman summed up the issue,
also having raised a child conceived in rape with.” fact, they never would have agreed to the “Abortion denies civil rights to unborn
procedure.” children and undermines social justice for
1. David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie, Victims and Victors, Acorn Books, PO Box
One woman wrote, “Society told us it women.”
7348, Springfield, IL 62791, 15-17. (abortion) was safe and legal. And the
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RU486 - A Time Bomb? Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS)


The guidelines call for a third visit Is there a consensus that Post Abortion What are some of the symptoms of PAS?

T
he FDA has approved the abor-
tion pill, RU486, mifepristone, to the abortionist’s office to verify that Syndrome exists? Guilt is ever present in many guises, along
marketed in the U.S as Mifeprex. the abortion is complete. Failure with Yes, much research and many follow-up with regret, remorse, shame, lowered self-
Mifeprex blocks the action of the hor- this method happens about 8% of the
studies have been done on this issue. Even esteem, insomnia, dreams and nightmares,
mone, progesterone, which is needed to time if the pills are taken within 7
weeks and up to 25% at 8 or 9 weeks. representatives of Planned Parenthood, an flash backs, anniversary reactions. There
maintain the lining of the uterus provid-
ing oxygen and nutrients for the embryo. Yet to be determined is what other organization that has historically denied the often is hostility, and even hatred, toward
Without it the baby dies. Mifeprex is long-term adverse effects, including legitimacy of postabortion traumatization men. This can include her husband, and she
used in conjunction with the drug Cytotec trans-generational disorders, these
and the idea that abortion involves a human may become sexually dysfunctional. Crying,
(misoprostol) which is taken two days powerful hormones may have. The
synthetic hormone, diethylstilbestrol death experience, has affirmed that women despair and depression are usual, even at
after Mifeprex, causing uterine bleeding,
strong contractions, and expulsion of the (DES), for example, was prescribed for can have a variety of emotions following an times with suicide attempts.
baby. pregnant women for 30 years to avert abortion (grief, depression, anger, guilt, re- Recourse to alcohol or drugs to mask the
The pregnant woman first visits the miscarriage. DES has subsequently
lief, etc.). It is important to give her the pain is frequent, sometimes leading to sexual
abortionist to obtain 3 Mifeprex pills. been linked to a variety of medical
problems, including infertility and a opportunity to air these feelings and be as- promiscuity. 3
She is to return in two days to receive
misoprostol, but some abortionists are fatal form of vaginal cancer, in off- sured that her feelings are normal. The Substance abuse occurred in women fol-
unwisely sending the second dose of pills spring exposed to DES in their mother’s counselor can also help by letting the woman lowing induced abortion to overcome night-
home with the woman on her first visit. womb.
know that a sense of loss or depression mares or insomnia, as an attempt to reduce
The FDA dropped most of the patient While Mifeprex is being marketed
out of NY, it is actually being manu- following an abortion is common, due to grief reactions and to repress the abortion
safety protections it had earlier prescribed.
During U.S. clinical trials women under factured in China at the Hua Lian Phar- both the end of the pregnancy as well as the experience itself. 4
18 and those with numerous pre-existing maceutical firm near Shanghai. This physical and hormonal changes that occur How about Specific Studies?
conditions were disqualified. Yet the FDA plant has been cited for falsifying FDA
after a pregnancy is over. 1 For further reading, and statistics on aborted
is now allowing at-risk women to use documents as well as producing both
contaminated and mislabeled drugs. What causes Post Abortion Syndrome? women, obtain the books: Aborted Women
these powerful hormones. The new lax
guidelines require that the abortionist must Even abortion providers are hesi- Dr. Martha Shuping, a psychiatrist with Silent No More by David C. Reardon, Ph.D.
determine the baby’s gestational age and tant to endorse the RU486 procedure. more than ten years experience in helping and Victims and Victors by D. Reardon, J.
ensure that it is not a tubal pregnancy, yet, In the New York Times, 4/8/96, abor-
women with post abortion issues, offers this Makimaa and A. Sobie, both available from
the use of ultrasound is not required as it tionist Dr. Don Sloan said, “Many of us
in the ‘abortion trade,’ as I am, are explanation: Elliot Institute, 217-525-8202. In addition,
is in France. That country also requires
that chemical abortions be performed in recoiling at the stark irresponsibility At least 70% of women having an abortion check out the following scientific studies: A.
a hospital outpatient facility in case of of those parading this medication in say they believe it is immoral. But they Speckhard & V. Rue, Post Abortion Syn-
emergency and the women are closely such cavalier fashion.”
choose against their conscience because of drome: An Emerging Public Health Con-
monitored after taking the misoprostol. The approval of RU486 marks the
first time in history that the FDA, which pressure from others and their circum- cern, Journal of Social Issues, vol. 48. no. 3,
In U.S. trials 31% of women faced up
to two weeks of pain, nausea, and bleed- approves drugs to improve health, has stances... It is precisely because so many 1992. P. Ney et al., Mental Health & Abor-
ing (often profuse) before aborting. approved a drug for the purpose of women who abort are acting against their tion, Psychiatric Journal, U. of Ottawa, vol.
One study found that RU486, killing.
consciences and maternal instincts that the 14, no. 4, 1989. L DeVeber et al., Post
Mifeprex, suppresses a woman’s immune
1. Lawrence F. Roberge (1995) The Cost of psychological impact of abortion can be so Abortion Grief, Psychological Sequel. of
system. 1 Other studies exposed the harm
Abortion. profound. 2 Abortion, Humane Medicine, vol. 7, no. 3,
of Cytotec as the cause of birth defects in 2. C.H. Gonzales, M.D., et al. The Lancet,
babies carried to term. It can lead to mul- Vol. 351, No. 9116 (5-30-98), pp. 1624- Aug. 1991, p. 203.
tiple congenital malformations. 2 1627. 1. Saltzman & Policar, 1985, p. 94, (quoted in 4 . The Incidence and Effects of Alcohol and
Journal of Social Issues, vol. 48, 1992, p.103). Drug Abuse in Women Following Induced Abor-

THE EMPTY PROMISE OF THE PILL 2. Hope and Healing supplement , Elliot Insti- tion, Association for Interdisciplinary Research
tute, Springfield, IL, www.afterabortion.org. in Values and Social Change, Newsletter, Sum-
3. Why Can’t We Love Them Both, Dr. and Mrs. mer 1990, available from Human Life Alliance,
The birth control pill causes 150 different chemical changes in a woman’s body. J.C. Willke, Hayes Publishing Co., Cincinnati, 651-484-1040.
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Testimonies True to Life

“T im, I think I'm pregnant.” It was now felt instantly relieved to know I was still
New Year’s Eve. My boyfriend pregnant.
sighed deeply, his gaze remaining I decided to use every ounce of courage I
fixed on the TV. He then muttered something could muster to deal with my pregnancy. My
that made me feel already deserted. I felt a ambivalence turned into love for my unborn
sour lump in the back of my throat. Yes, I was daughter, Melanie.
pregnant, and I was scared! It took energy and creativity to support
I knew from firsthand experience how the three of us. My two daughters inspired
tough it is raising a child as a single mother. me to do great things. They never stood in the
I already had a 2-year old daughter, Jennifer, way of my career. I finished my degree; then
“ My going back
to school with
my son helped
from an earlier unsuccessful marriage. When I went on to get my Master's and Ph.D. other women
my pregnancy was confirmed, Tim’s non- Besides being a proud mother, I am happily who might face a
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“ I was a participant
in two abortions
with my ex-wife...
move to Chicago, 400 miles away, left me speaker, and a part-time musician.
despondent and convinced
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When we endure some-
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our character and tion, our careers,
seemed like a nightmare. an illusion. Some are in abu-
first one. our lives, every-
Women lounged on garishly sive relationships. Some are
Every time I see thing. Yet I
printed couches as rock mu- self- esteem are on anti-depressants. Others
children of the sic played on the intercom. just seem detached from life. went back to
approximate age of Everything seemed so casual, Some sadly remember their school and
and there I was, feeling like I strengthened.” aborted child’s “would be”
the two lost ones, I finished with
wanted to die. birthday each year.
cry, no matter good grades.
When the nurse called my name, I changed I cannot promise that it will be easy. I can
where ... church, My son became
my mind, broke into tears, and left. I felt only promise that the anguish will pass and
the mall, the park, desperately alone. Back at the university, I there are people who will help you through a familiar sight
the library. I want often cried myself to sleep. I decided to this trying time. One day you will look back
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People saw that
They collected money to fly me out of town did the right thing.
Michelle, Danielle, he did not ruin
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Stephen, William. my life in any
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Their legacy is I was summoned to the room where the Dr. Angela Woodhull way.”
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You Did WHAT With Your Baby?


idea of having an abortion was never a con- ess I was able to select from among the Many tears were shed throughout the nine
sideration for me. I could not live with the prospective adoptive parents. I had the op- months and during the hospital stay. But,
realization that I was responsible for taking portunity to establish a personal relationship they were not all tears of sadness. I miss my
the life of my child - a death because of my with them as well as to develop a lasting son very much. I think about him every day
actions. and a smile comes to my face. I thank the
My first instincts told me that I needed to “Relinquishing Lord that He led me to two such special
raise my child on my own. I knew I could my son was people to be adoptive parents for my child.
love and care for a child, but when I stopped the hardest It has been several years since my son was
thinking about myself, and thought about decision I born. He now has an adoptive sister. I keep
what was best for my child, I knew adoption in contact with the family through letters and
will ever
was the right decision. I was sixteen at the pictures. I can’t begin to explain the feelings
have to make
time. I wanted to go back to school for my of pride and contentment that I experience
senior year and wanted to participate fully, in
but I'm more when I see the smile on his face.
sports etc. I wanted to go on to college. confident than ever I am now a junior in college majoring in
I knew I could not do all of this and raise that it was the right one.” paralegal studies. Relinquishing my son was
In high school and pregnant, Lisa chose a child at the same time. I did not want to the hardest decision I will ever have to make
adoption for her son. have to live with my parents indefinitely and friendship. The more I got to know them the but I’m more confident than ever that it was
depend on them for everything. I did not more excited I was about placing my baby the right one. While in the hospital I received

I
t was the beginning of my junior year want them to be thrust into the role of prime with this couple. They had so much love and a card which read, “Some people come into
in high school. I was excited, look care-givers for my child. It just would not be security to offer my child. They were there our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and
ing forward to another year of div- fair for any of us, for them, myself or the with me in the hospital when my son was we are never the same.” This is so true!
ing, gymnastics, and track. But this baby. I knew that placing my child for adop- born. Their video camcorder ran non-stop. Lisa O.
excitement quickly ended when I realized I tion would be the right thing to do, the loving I will always treasure the three days I spent
was pregnant. alternative! in the hospital with my son. Handing him Every year over 2 million
When the pregnancy was confirmed, my The adoption procedure I opted for is not over to his new parents was by no means
couples are denied the
mind went racing. It wasn’t enough to just your ordinary plan. I chose to do an inde- easy, but I knew in my heart that this was the
say that I was scared - I was terrified! The pendent open adoption. Through this proc- right decision for both of us.
chance to adopt