By Sarah Terzo
Ann was at her ex-boyfriend’s apartment when she took one of the two drugs used in the abortion pill regimen. This was apparently the second drug, misoprostol, meant to cause her to expel her baby. Ten minutes after taking it, she says, she felt “intense cramps.” Soon the cramps became “unbearable,” and she went into the bathroom. Ann explained:
I locked the door and experienced the most severe pain I had ever felt in my life. I sat on the toilet and bent over in pain. I wanted to scream but my ex-boyfriend and his friends were right outside the door in the living room watching TV. It was a small apartment.
I grabbed a towel to bite on in order to keep from screaming and was nearly passing out.
She experienced further trauma when she looked down. “As I got up, I saw blood everywhere,” she said. “I saw parts of my baby, images I will never be able to erase.”
The pain continued, but Ann felt the need to hide the blood and remains of her baby from her ex-boyfriend and his friends:
I fell to my knees in pain and was blacking out. Concerned that the guys would see all the blood and clumps, I got on my knees and cleaned it up. As soon as I left the bathroom I was about to faint when my ex-boyfriend helped me to bed.
The abortion pill has a high rate of incomplete abortions, and Ann soon learned that this was the case for her. She had to undergo a D&C, or dilation and curettage to complete the abortion.
She said, “As they performed the D&C I couldn’t help but think my baby was a fighter.”
Experiences like Anne’s are common, but pro-abortion activists falsely tell women that taking the abortion pill is easy.
One book, aimed at teenagers, claimed:
The pills induce an abortion similar to a natural miscarriage, causing cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus – like a very heavy period that lasts from several hours to a couple of days.
The abortion can happen at home, with over-the-counter pain medication to manage the discomfort of the cramping.
But Ann and others experienced something far worse than a “heavy period” and “discomfort.”
Abortion facilities also have been known to lie to women about what to expect. One woman said, “[I]t hurt like crazy and I have never been more nauseated and in pain in my life. I was a sweaty, bloody, crying mess.”
Another woman went to Planned Parenthood for the abortion pill and claims they lied to her at the facility. She said:
The ENTIRE time I was there I was told LIES! They said, ‘There are no real risks, this is like a period, light cramping, it’ll all be over within 2 days… “
They assure you there is literally zero risk and that it is quick, private, and like a period. Which is all a lie!
There is evidence that the emotional aftermath of the abortion pill, as well as abortion in general, is also traumatic.
One study found the following:
- 83% of the women said they were changed by their abortions, with 77% saying the change was negative.
- 77% said they regretted their abortions.
- 60% reported feelings of isolation and alienation.
- 38% reported problems with anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and/or suicidal thoughts as a result of the abortion.
This study was accomplished by analyzing the stories on the website “Abortion Changes You,” where post-abortive women write about their experiences.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Live Action News and is reposted with permission.