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Fetal Development; Abortion Methods and Side Effects

Fetal Development:

Week 1

Conception is the fusion of the mother‘s egg cell and father‘s sperm cell. The baby could fit into a poppy seed, barely visible to the human eye, but the complete genetic information for the person this baby will become is present. At conception it is determined whether it is a boy or a girl, how tall he will grow, the shape of her eyes, the sound of his voice etc. A unique new life has begun. All baby needs now is time to grow, as well as shelter and nutrients from mummy.

Week 2

Implantation: the baby snuggles into the womb‘s soft lining through which the mother‘s body will provide him or her with nutrients and oxygen during the coming nine months. The development of the brain begins.

Week 3

The blood vessels are formed, and beginnings of a spinal cord and nervous system appear.

Week 4

A heart as tiny as a poppy seed beats regularly inside a baby the size of a grain of rice! Eyes, ears and lungs are developing.

Week 5

Little arms and legs begin to show and the child‘s facial features can be seen, showing whether he or she will come more after mother or father.

Week 6

Unbelievably tiny fingers and toes appear, and the baby‘s brain is divided into three areas: emotions – seeing – hearing.

Week 7

Twenty baby teeth are formed inside the gums. 99% of all muscular groups are present and brain waves can be measured in an EEG. The eyes are open and have minute tear ducts. Baby is the size of a cashew nut!

Week 8

Baby can move its muscles spontaneously. Every organ the child will need in life is present.

Week 9

If baby is touched it will close its eyes and fists tightly.

Week 10

The baby has its own fingerprints. High speed connections are formed between muscles and nerve tracts. Within a week, the baby‘s brain will be able to regulate and control its movement.

Week 11

Baby practises breathing amniotic fluid, sucks its thumb, already showing a preference for right of left depending on which hand is the dominant one, and makes faces – he or she even smiles and is ticklish!

Week 12

The child is now the size of your thumb and is constantly on the move – it never sleeps. Life is simply too much fun to waste it on sleep!  🙂


According to a recent survey there are 15.6 million abortions taking place every year in India. That would be one baby killed every two seconds, 24/7. A successful abortion always kills a child and often leaves a wounded mother and broken relationships behind.

Life for All is presently fighting for the unborn and the child’s mother at the highest legal level, namely at the Supreme Court of India. A petition to raise the ceiling of legal abortion has been counter-petitioned by Life for All. Extending this time frame for legal abortion would not only cost India more of its children but would also contribute to the demographic imbalance we are already experiencing as millions of girls have been murdered through sex selective abortions.

At Life for All we believe the killing of a human being – born or unborn – should never be the solution to any problem.

Abortion Methods:

During the First 3 Months of Pregnancy:

  • RU 486 (Abortion with tablets)

First, a steroid drug is taken orally which either destroys the baby’s placenta or prevents it from being formed. The placenta provides all of baby’s nutrients, so cutting this off, means starving your child. You then take a second drug, prostaglandin to induce contractions and expel the dead baby. This occurs over a period of days and is accompanied by cramping and bleeding like that of a heavy period. Used at 5-9 weeks.

It is possible to reverse the effect of the first pill Mifepristone with high dosages of the hormone Progesterone. If you realize you have made a mistake by starting the abortion process and want to keep your baby, contact us immediately and we will refer you to a doctor who can start treatment. Please see this website for more information:

  • Suction Aspiration

The mouth (cervix) of the womb is stretched. Sometimes it is damaged because during pregnancy the cervix is closed tightly to protect the baby. A suction curette (hollow tube with a knife- like edged tip) is inserted into the womb. A strong suction (29 times the power of a household vacuum cleaner) tears the baby into pieces, drawing them into a container. Great care must be used to prevent the womb from being torn and in checking body parts to ensure a complete abortion.

  • Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

Similar to the suction method except for insertion of a loop shaped knife (curette) which cuts the baby apart and scrapes the pieces out through the cervix. Used at up to 14 weeks after the last period.

During Later Pregnancy:

  • Dilatation and Evacuation (D&E)

The mouth (cervix) of the womb is dilated. Forceps are inserted into the uterus, grabbing and twisting the baby’s body to dismember it. If the head is too large it must be crushed in order to remove it. The method is used up to 18 weeks.

  • Salt Poisoning

Usually performed during months four through seven. A 20% salt solution (the normal salt solution is .9%) is injected through the mother’s abdomen into the baby’s amniotic fluid. The baby ingests the solution and dies of salt poisoning, dehydration, and hemorrhaging of the brain. The baby’s skin is burned off. A dead or dying baby is delivered. A baby born alive is usually left unattended to die, though some have survived.

“In medical practice, there are few surgical procedures given so little attention and so underrated in its potential hazards as abortion. It is a commonly held view that complications are inevitable.” -Abortionist Warren Hern

“To avoid the risk of survival, the salt solution can also be injected straight into the unborn child‘s heart, killing it through heart failure.”

Risks of Abortions:

Below is an abridged list of possible complications due to abortion.  

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