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1 Busting the Myths About Abortion Pro-Life 101Busting the Myths About Abortion
2 MythAbortion (n)- a quick, simple way to end a pregnancy without consequences.
3 FACTAbortion is the termination of a pregnancy, resulting in the death of an unborn human being, often referred to as embryo or fetus.
4 MythThe unborn is just a blob of tissue in the womb. There is no life present.
5 From the moment of conception, the unborn is a living human organism. FACTFrom the moment of conception, the unborn is a living human organism.
6 Unborn is LIVING No Period of Non-Life 3 Characteristics of Living Things
7 Unborn is HUMANDNA SignatureReproduce after own kind.
8 Unborn is ORGANISM Confusion of Parts and Wholes Confusion of Construction and DevelopmentAdequate Nutrition/Proper Environment
9 10 Second Pro-Life Apologist If the Unborn is growing, isn’t it alive?If it has human parents, isn’t it human?And living humans, or human beings, like you and me are valuable, aren’t they?
10 Fertilization and Implantation Sperm and egg combine to create new human being46 unique chromosomesFull DNA in place that determines every physical characteristic of the person7-14 days after fertilization the young embryo implants in the uterine walls of the motherBegins to receive nourishment from motherFertilization
11 1-3 Months Cells constantly dividing 18 days: Heartbeat 32 days: BrainwavesFingernails are formedMost structures of a fully formed adult are present in the eighth week.10,000 times larger than fertilized eggWeek 5
12 4-6 Months Vocal Cords present Reacts to Pain Sucks Thumb Develops tastebudsMoves in WombMother begins to feel baby.Week 15
13 7 Months-Birth Oil and sweat glands functioning All five senses are activeRecognizes mother’s voiceHappy Birthday!
14 MythAbortion is a simple surgery that is no more invasive than having a tooth pulled.
15 Abortion is a violent and extremely invasive act. FACTAbortion is a violent and extremely invasive act.
16 Ru-486 Taken up until 9th week of pregnancy RU-486 chemically blocks nutrients from getting to uterine lining, thus starving babyMifeprestone, taken a day after the RU-486 pill, causes contractions to release the dead embryo from the mother’s body
17 Suction Aspiration Used on 5-12 week old baby Accounts for 90% of all abortionsA cannula, a powerful vacuum, is inserted through the dilated cervix, sucking the unborn child outDue to the power of the vacuum, the uterine wall can be tornAfterwards, a sharp knife is used to scrape the uterine wall for any body parts
21 Dilation And Curettage (D and C) Used up to 16 weeks post conceptionSecond most common abortion procedureAfter dilation, a loop-shaped steel blade called a curette cuts the child into piecesThe pieces of the child must be removed from the mother’s womb
31 Dilation And Extraction (D and X) Partial Birth Abortion Used from 24 weeks to before birthBaby delivered feet first, leaving head in birth canalScissors puncture skull, allowing brains to be removedSkull crushed, dead baby removedNow illegal in U.S.
32 ONLY 4 differences: SLED There are only four differences between born humans and unborn humans, and these differences should not justify the killing of the unborn.SizeLevel of DevelopmentEnvironmentDegree of Dependency
33 Abortion is a liberating choice for women. MythAbortion is a liberating choice for women.
34 FACTAbortion causes physical, emotional, and spiritual pain, commonly referred to as Post-Abortion Syndrome.
35 Post-Abortion Syndrome Inability to complete grieving processAnxiety and DepressionIncreased risk of suicideIncreased risk of miscarriage and cervical cancerDifficulty establishing long-term relationships
36 Abortion is so rare it is not worth talking about. MythAbortion is so rare it is not worth talking about.
37 Over 55 million since 1973 in U.S. FACT3,700 a day in U.S.1.3 million a yearOver 55 million since 1973 in U.S.7,000-10,000 a year in LA
38 MythAbortion is done mainly for the health of the mother or because of rape and incest.
40 MythPlanned Parenthood was founded, and still exists today, to be a champion for women’s health and safety.
41 FACTThe American Birth Control League, which later became Planned Parenthood, was founded in 1921 by Margaret Sanger to educate Americans about the dangers of overpopulation, and promote birth control and sterilization for the “unfit” and “feebleminded”.
42 Planned Parenthood Facts Over 98% of women counseled by Planned Parenthood in 2000 chose abortion over adoption or parentingAbortions outpace adoptions 145-1Tax dollars donated = $542 million in$87.4 million in excess revenueTargets college students, low income neighborhoods, and minoritiesMargaret Sanger
43 79% of Planned Parenthood facilities are in minority communities. Stats don’t lie.Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 30% of the abortions.In Louisiana, 1 in 7 African American Pregnancies ends in abortion. Nationally, 1 in 2.5 African American Pregnancies ends in abortion.According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion.79% of Planned Parenthood facilities are in minority communities.
44 Work to end abortion from the: What can you do?Work to end abortion from the:TOP-DOWNANDBOTTOM-UP
45 Top-Down: Making Abortion Illegal If abortion is the unjust taking of innocent human life, then no government should ever allow abortion. Ways we can help to make abortion illegal:Contacting your Senators, Congressmen, and other elected officials and asking them to vote for life on all life issues.Staying current on legislation dealing with life issues.Organizing friends, family, and peers to visibly communicate to society that abortion should not be allowed.
46 Bottom-Up: Making Abortion Unthinkable While it is essential that abortion be illegal, we also must change our culture so that the culture of death is not even present in the hearts and minds of Americans.Know the issues and speak to others about the issues.Getting involved in (or starting) clubs and groups holding pro-life events to educate and activate others.Helping pro-life pregnancy centers that are helping women in crisis pregnancy situations.Wear pro-life t-shirts (www.Abort73.com loveoffensively.com)Living a chaste life and encouraging others to be chaste.
47 Friends who are pregnant... 52% of all women having abortions are 18-24, while many younger than 18 have abortions. If you encounter someone with an unexpected pregnancy:Be compassionate and non-judgmental.Listen.Focus on her, not the baby.Remind her that she needs to explore all options; abortion facilities are only selling abortion. Direct her to a local pregnancy center that offers free and confidential help.If heavily considering abortion, share facts about how abortion will cause her physical and emotional problems.If all else fails, show her images of unborn fetal development.
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