“This is a debate about our understanding of human dignity, what it means to be a member of the human family, even though tiny, powerless and unwanted.” — Henry Hyde
“When we consider that women are treated as property it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” — Ronald Reagan
“A person is a person no matter how small.” — Dr. Seuss
“Being pregnant was very much like falling in love. You are so open. You are so overjoyed. There’s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you so, of course, you want to scream it out and tell everyone.” — Beyonce
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” — Lord of the Rings
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love but to use violence to get what they want.” — Mother Teresa
“Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” — Alice Paul
“Any woman who has felt a baby stir inside her [and] any man who has seen the tiny heart pulsing on an ultrasound screen, knows that abortion is about ending a life.” — Karen Kissane
“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” — J.K. Rowling
“The right to life is the first among human rights.” — Pope Francis
“Sweeter even than to have had the joy of children of my own has it been for me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them.” — Susan B. Anthony
“Abortion on demand has, in my judgment, contributed significantly to an environment in our country in which life has become very cheap.” — Robert Casey
“It’s alright all of us all living saying ‘oh well there’s enough of us so we won’t have anymore, don’t let anybody else live.’ I don’t believe in that.” — John Lennon
“It seems to me clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.” — Gandhi
“The fight for the right to life is not the cause of a special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man.” — Dr. Mildred Jefferson
“I do not believe the promises of the Declaration of Independence are just for the strong, the independent, the healthy. They are for everyone – including unborn children.” — George W. Bush
“Let’s not pretend that abortion isn’t about the mass slaughter of innocents.” — Michael Aston
The key to having a healthy baby is taking good care of your own health. The healthier you are, the stronger you and your baby are likely to be.
We all want to be healthy, but sometimes it is hard to know what we should do. If you are pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant, you may have some questions. Here are some of the most common questions we hear women ask about prenatal care.
What is prenatal care?
The first prenatal care visit is usually the longest. The examination is very thorough. You will be asked questions about your medical history. You will also be asked about your partner’s medical history and your family’s medical history. You will have a complete physical exam. Your health care provider will measure your height, weight, blood pressure, breathing, and pulse.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you traveled to a country with Zika or think your partner has Zika. They may test you for Zika and check to see if the baby has it, too.
Before your abortion, you’ll meet with your nurse, doctor, or health center counselor to talk about whether abortion is the right decision for you, and what your abortion options are. You’ll get an exam and lab tests, and may get an ultrasound to figure out how far into your pregnancy you are.
How do abortions work?
Before your abortion, you’ll get pain medicine to help with cramping. You may be able to get sedation during the abortion. With some kinds of sedation, you’re awake but super relaxed, and with others you are completely asleep. You’ll also get antibiotics to help prevent infections.
Once you’re in the procedure room, there will be a staff member there to help the doctor and support you during the abortion.
During a D&E abortion, the doctor or nurse will:
- examine your uterus
- put a speculum in to see into your vagina
- inject a numbing medication into or near your cervix
- stretch the opening of your cervix with a serious of dilating rods
- insert a thin tube through your cervix into your uterus
- use a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus
Once the procedure is done, you’ll hang out in a recovery area until you feel better and are ready to leave.
Source: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
The truth of what he saw disturbed me deeply. There I was, anti-war, anti–capital punishment, even vegetarian, and a firm believer that social justice cannot be won at the cost of violence. Well, this sure looked like violence. How had I agreed to make this hideous act the centerpiece of my feminism? How could I think it was wrong to execute homicidal criminals, wrong to shoot enemies in wartime, but all right to kill our own sons and daughters?
— Frederica Mathewes-Green, When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense
As we continue to debate whether or not women’s rights should include the right to kill prenatal children, Planned Parenthood poisons or manually dismembers 897 of them per day. If you haven’t taken a stand in their defense, the time is now. They desperately need your voice.
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