What Actually Happens When You Have An Abortion?

What Actually Happens When You Have An Abortion?

56 million abortions occur annually worldwide And though opinions on the matter are strong, many are simply unaware of how they actually work So, regardless of whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice: What actually happens during an abortion? Abortion procedures range from taking a pill to surgical options often based on availability or how far along a pregnancy is And 92% of legal U.S. abortions take place within the first thirteen weeks of gestation The oral tablet is effective 49 days from one’s last menstrual period Often containing mifepristone, it works by blocking the hormone progesterone Progesterone promotes smooth muscle relaxation in the uterine wall throughout pregnancy and so the pill causes the uterus to contract and the embryo to be expelled in what seems like a heavy period Vacuum aspiration is a surgical procedure usually used up to 16 weeks after conception and is typically performed under local or general anaesthesia The cervix is numbed and opened wide enough to pass the Slender Tube into the uterus where suction is used to empty the contents Within the same time line, a D&C or dilation and curettage abortion can be used First, this cervix is dilated using small instruments or medication and then a curette is used to remove the contents of the uterus If your pregnancy is between 12 to 24 weeks, a D&E or dilation and evacuation abortion is likely used although only 1.2 percent of abortions occur after 21 weeks In a D&A abortion, the cervix needs to be dilated wider often using osmotic dilators which are short rods made of seaweed or synthetic material which absorb moisture and slowly stretch the cervix These are usually inserted the day before surgery Once dilated a fetal, aplacental tissue is removed at the evacuation of forceps and a curette The decision to have an abortion after 24 weeks is extremely rare and often due to severe fetal anomalies When abortions are allowed by the local law, they are one of the safest procedures in medicine with case fatality rates less than one death per 100,000 procedures In the U.S., the risk of death associated with childbirth is 14 times higher in women than that of an abortion There are also myths that abortion is linked to an increased risk of cancer as well as difficulties in conceiving or carrying a future pregnancy But both of these claims have been refuted by extensive medical research However, unsafe abortions practiced by individuals without the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to medical standards caused an estimated 68 thousand women to die yearly while a further 5 million suffered temporary or permanent disability Methods range from ingesting toxic solutions, inserting foreign bodies into the uterus and even trauma The World Health Organisation has called unsafe abortions a ‘preventable pandemic’ And laws that limit a woman’s access to an abortion or make abortions illegal do not reduce the number of abortions Countries where abortions are illegal have roughly the same number of abortions What changes instead is the incidence of unsafe abortions A 2011 study did find that state-level anti-abortion laws in Texas correlated with lower abortion rates in the state But these results did not account for women traveling to other states with less restrictive laws to receive a procedure Conversely, researchers have found that sex education and access to contraceptive methods do reduce the number of abortions by minimizing unwanted pregnancies This can be seen in the abortion rates decreasing significantly in the developed world since 1990 Ultimately, access to legal abortions make women’s lives safer and healthier If you’d like to learn about plan B or emergency contraceptive which is not the same thing as an abortion you can check out our video on that [here] And don’t forget to subscribe for more weekly science videos every Thursday


  1. The "contents" of the uterus are removed? Why use such an ambiguous term, speak the truth and call it what it is, a fetus, being ambiguous about what it is devalues "the contents" to make the practice more acceptable, I would rate this video as partisan to the culture of death – the killing of the innocent.

  2. What happens is called MURDER.. You kill a baby. The baby goes to heaven and the mother goes to hell.. there it is , the facts !!!

  3. I'm only thirteen so I wouldn't know, but I can tell you with a fair amount of confidence that if I got pregnant, I'd be horrified. In fact, "horrified" would be a great understatement. I'd be tormented with the fear of all sorts of things; primarily, not being able to care for my child being that I'm an irresponsible kid without a husband, and the shame of giving birth so young and out-of-wedlock. However, I find that amidst my terror, I'd suffer far more knowing that I killed someone for selfish reasons.

    I can picture it now; walking out of the abortion clinic with my parents, immediately regretting what I just did, and bursting into tears out of guilt and shame. I killed someone; my own child no less. I failed as a mother, and as a result, a human being. The fact that there are women out there who're so vain that they murder their offspring out of convenience is astounding.

    Hey pro-choicers, let me ask you this; are we not alive to suffer? If we didn't experience pain and hardships, then what would we accomplish as a species? Men are meant to sacrifice themselves for their wives, and their wives are meant to sacrifice themselves for their children. This is the natural order of things. If a female is not willing to suffer for whatever's growing inside her uterus, she does not deserve to be alive. She is rejecting her womanhood and therefore rejecting her humanity altogether. It's okay to be scared, but if you run away from your fears instead of facing them you're a coward. I guess it's true that pro-choicers aren't real women.

  4. Oh shit, another funny thing about this video, they completely leave out the part where the fetus is ripped to shreds. Pro-choice propaganda, nice

  5. Pro-choice woman who’s pregnant but wants to have an abortion: “It’s not murder because it’s not a baby it’s just a bundle of cells”

    Same pro-choice woman who‘s pregnant but then accidentally miscarriages: “I just lost my baby and I’m so sad! You should feel sorry for me!”

  6. Abortion is just a punishment to your own consanguinity, your own generation. So those who advocate abortion punish themselves for whole eternity, you can say. Why do that?
    Life loves life! ❤

  7. I'm 14 and was raped and I'm worried about if I'm pregnant or not I will be so happy to have my period like never before.

  8. The way this video describes removing the fetus sounds like it may be a decent procedure. Calling an unborn child fetal content or fetal tissue can mislead some into siding prochoice. If anyone wants to know in detail what an abortion really consists of, watch Abortion Procedures of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters by Dr. Levatino. It's around 13-14 minutes long but it goes in depth and straight to the point on what happens to the infant during the abortion and how they keep inventory of it's body parts. Oh, not to mention that ultrasound guided abortions let us know that the infant DOES experience discomfort and/or pain. But you be the judge.

  9. "Indeed, we know very little about women who seek later abortions. Random samples of abortion clients capture few women at gestations past the middle of the second trimester."

    Abortions past 24 weeks are not rare. There are thousands per year. They are not all because of something being wrong. In this study, it showed the reasons mothers gave for seeking later abortions (fetal anomaly is excluded and the study focuses on 20 to 27 weeks).

  10. Dr. Carhart: So, um, they’ve got this down as a fetal indication. There’s nothing wrong with the baby that you know of, is there?
    Woman: Not that I know of. Dr. Carhart: OK, I don’t know where that came from or how that got in here…
    Woman: Does that mean, fetal indication?
    Dr. Carhart: Means there’s something wrong with the baby and that’s why you’re terminating.
    Woman: Yeah. No.
    Dr. Carhart: This is just purely elective.
    Woman: Purely, this is what I wanna do.
    Dr. Carhart: And here (coughs) [in Nebraska] we cannot do it, but in Maryland we can do it…
    Woman: So, a baby at this age, what am I, 26 weeks?
    Dr. Carhart: 26. Woman: Could not survive? If it was delivered? Dr. Carhart: If it came out, oh yeah, it probably–probably could, probably. It would be a 50/50 thing, probably.
    Woman: Oh, oh, OK.
    Dr. Carhart: But we’re OK, we can do by law in Maryland, we can go to 28 weeks.

    Some infants born as early as 20 weeks can survive long-term, but Carhart says that seeking an abortion 26 weeks isn't unusual. He says that he has performed more than 20,000 abortions after 24 weeks during his career.

  11. "Fetal, a-placental tissue is removed at the evacuation of forceps and curette." OR "The Human baby is dismembered chopped up and sucked into a shopping bag."

  12. Vegan gains calls a fetus a clump of cells:

    His brain his "muscles" the entire universe:am I a joke to you

  13. This is from an Article debunking the statement that making abortions illegal won't lower abortion rates. Also, there are many factors that play into the choice of making an abortion. For example, if you have to go more than one day, women are less likely toget an abortion swell as how far they have to travel. I can link that article too if anyone would like.
    I put the main points from this article but if you want to read the whole thing feel free!


    The data suggest," observes Joseph Dellapenna, author of the most definitive work of U.S. abortion history, "that there have been as many maternal deaths in the United States annually from legal abortions (estimates range from 15 to 35 per year) as there were maternal deaths from illegal abortions in the years immediately before Roe v. Wade was decided."

    Those who offer the unsafe abortion argument frequently appeal to examples outside of the United States. They point to some countries (such as many in Africa) that prohibit abortion and experience high maternal mortality rates and to other countries (such as most in Europe and North America) that permit abortion and boast low mortality. They infer from this correlation that laws against abortion cause a high incidence of maternal death. But that's a fallacy.

    The highest-mortality nations are developing countries with poor maternal health care; the lowest-mortality nations are developed countries with advanced maternal health care. This is true irrespective of abortion policy. Some countries, for example, permit abortion and have high rates of mortality because their health care system is lacking. Other countries prohibit most abortions and have very low rates of maternal death (often lower than that of the U.S.). These countries include Chile, Ireland, Poland, Malta, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Lebanon.

  14. As someone who is already born, I wish I had been aborted. I never consented to being in this horrible world.

  15. Pro-LIFE! Give the little babies in the womb a voice! Women say "My body My choice" but No, it is your body but the little living human being in your womb has it's own body and needs a voice. Be pro-life. In the bible in Psalm 139:13 it says "For You formed my inward parts;
    You covered me in my mother’s womb." God has a plan for each and every person whether they are little babies or adults, God made you! Like this comment, if you agree with me for PRO-LIFE!! Give these little tiny babies a voice!!! And it is so sad that so many babies are killed.

  16. “Empty the contents.” Dehumanization does not justify murder. He/She in the uterus has human DNA. He/She is a human.

  17. This is stupid, it's eugenics to say some babies should be born but specific ones should not. People die from killing people all the time, doesn't mean it should be legal.

  18. I encourage you all to watch abortionists who have chosen prolife after years of performing abortions. I think those people know exactly how abortions work, why change your practice if it wernt unethical.

  19. If abortion is murder because she’s killing the cells that could turn into a baby
    Then so is men masterbaiting,those babies didn’t decide to die in that sock sir

  20. B/s. Sugar coating of what abortion IS. SHOW PICS OF WHAT THE ABORTED LOOKS LIKE….. basically a poor mangled, chopped up little baby… thats what abortion is!

  21. Safe? 50 percent of all patients die and up 100 percent die.
    Sounds mundane like a german instruction procedure of how the gas chambers operate

  22. so according to this video.. 56 million children die EVERY YEAR from abortion…
    and when they say "contents" are discarded.. they are talking about children body parts..

    but lets forget about that science.

    these are human being body parts we are discarding.. if you want to say they are "non-viable".. go ahead.. but they are ALSO human. at least own it and take some responsibility for what you are advocating for.

  23. You didnt explain the process of late term abortion the very reason I clicked the video but you explained everything else hmm

  24. I live in Brazil, abortion is not legal here. Does it make women stop having abortions? No, it doesn't. Rich women are still having them in illegal clean clinics meanwhile poor women are dying out there in a clinic that doesn't provide a safe abortion. What about women who want an abortion but can't have them? Well, they have their babies living in extremely poorness, it's common to see kids here selling candies in the streets when they can't go to school and they will never have opportunities in life because they'd rather work to have something to eat than go to school (the public school system here sucks). I was a pro-life years ago, but then I realized putting someone in the world who won't have health care, education, a good job or anything just because you're pro life and abortion is "murder" or is against the Bible doesn't make you a "pro life".

  25. And (as a public service… adding more useful information)

    Here are some normal, expectable, frequent, and permanent side effects of pregnancy:

    stretch marks (worse in younger women)
    loose skin
    permanent weight gain or redistribution
    abdominal and vaginal muscle weakness
    pelvic floor disorder (occurring in as many as 35% of middle-aged former child-bearers and 50% of elderly former child-bearers, associated with urinary and rectal incontinence, discomfort and reduced quality of life — aka prolapsed utuerus, the malady sometimes badly fixed by the transvaginal mesh)
    changes to breasts
    increased foot size
    varicose veins
    scarring from episiotomy or c-section
    other permanent aesthetic changes to the body (all of these are downplayed by women, because the culture values youth and beauty)
    increased proclivity for hemmorhoids
    loss of dental and bone calcium (cavities and osteoporosis)
    higher lifetime risk of developing Altzheimer's
    newer research indicates microchimeric cells, other bi-directional exchanges of DNA, chromosomes, and other bodily material between fetus and mother (including with "unrelated" gestational surrogates)
    complications of episiotomy
    spousal/partner abuse
    hyperemesis gravidarum
    temporary and permanent injury to back
    severe scarring requiring later surgery
    (especially after additional pregnancies)
    dropped (prolapsed) uterus (especially after additional pregnancies, and other pelvic floor weaknesses — 11% of women, including cystocele, rectocele, and enterocele) pre-eclampsia (edema and hypertension, the most common complication of pregnancy, associated with eclampsia, and affecting 7 – 10% of pregnancies)
    eclampsia (convulsions, coma during pregnancy or labor, high risk of death)
    gestational diabetes
    placenta previa
    anemia (which can be life-threatening)
    thrombocytopenic purpura
    severe cramping
    embolism (blood clots)
    medical disability requiring full bed rest (frequently ordered during part of many pregnancies varying from days to months for health of either mother or baby)
    diastasis recti, also torn abdominal muscles
    mitral valve stenosis (most common cardiac complication)
    serious infection and disease (e.g. increased risk of tuberculosis)
    hormonal imbalance
    ectopic pregnancy (risk of death)
    broken bones (ribcage, "tail bone")
    hemorrhage and
    numerous other complications of delivery
    refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease
    aggravation of pre-pregnancy diseases and conditions (e.g. epilepsy is present in .5% of pregnant women, and the pregnancy alters drug metabolism and treatment prospects all the while it increases the number and frequency of seizures)
    severe post-partum depression and psychosis
    peripartum cardiomyopathy
    cardiopulmonary arrest
    magnesium toxicity
    severe hypoxemia/acidosis
    massive embolism
    increased intracranial pressure, brainstem infarction
    molar pregnancy, gestational trophoblastic disease
    (like a pregnancy-induced cancer)
    malignant arrhythmia
    circulatory collapse
    placental abruption
    obstetric fistula

    and this is not a complete list…

  26. Aborting fetus’s should be illegal. Just as illegal as a murder. You’re murdering a child- no, a fetus who doesn’t understand anything that’s going on around it. You’re RUINING a life by not even letting it come into the world for not even a second. This utterly disgusts me.

  27. It may be a 0.001% for the woman dying from an abortion procedure, but is practically 100% for the human fetus to die. If the fetus is a human being (which science definitively dictates that it is), then abortion is NEVER "safe" — the child will almost always die. The man always talks about the women's safety, but what about the fetus' safety?

    Even though unsafe abortions are terrible and should be prevented, abortion should not be a plausible preventative option because it directly kills an innocent human life. The abortion debate boils down to what a fetus is — and this video did not supply any scientific evidence that a fetus or embryo is not a human being with rights. I wonder why…

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  29. people really arguing at what point does the fetus become human? it's human as soon as the eggs are fertilized ! it's alive! it's growing up to be a human! cells are alive! they multiply and form the human so carrying out the abortion whether the heart is beating or whether the fetus/embryo can feel pain doesn't make it humane or in anyway okay!

  30. I remember I was 16 and I was in my 3rd trimester and I told my dad that I was pregnant and well he made me get an abortion so a week later I got one he said if i didn’t get one he would disown me cuz he said I was to young to have a baby and he said I was not ready to have kids. Well I wasn’t but…..

  31. Such and Such is used to "empty the contents"….. YOU MEAN: to suck out and remove the BABY. Let's just make that clear! Holy Crap. The Contents? You people at ASAP SCIENCE are monsters. Change the channel name to ANTI SCIENCE. Fits you better. ♥️♥️♥️

  32. My folks raised eight of us kids without killing any of us or tossing us in a dumpster somewhere, God bless them for not being selfish pro-choice shitbags!!😎

  33. i dont rlly agree w abortion, but in my opinion it depends on the situation. if someone pretty young gets r*ped or sum shit and has no control over it, i think she should abort it, i wouldnt want a strangers baby. yes, abortion is sad, but half the time the fetus isnt fully developed, meaning it isnt rlly a person yet. its the mothers choice, but sometimes its the persons fault for being dumb and not using a condom 🤷🏻‍♂️

  34. Today we are going to learn ok so people are saying abortion is murder first of all you can't murder something that's that alive. Women get abortions before the first 20 weeks of pregnancy you are not allowed by the law to get abortion after that a baby develops on nervous system after 20 weeks which means they feel no pain which also means that they don't have a nervous system brain heartbeat or anything's a human has which in that case it's not murder it's just a sperm

  35. Well I got an abortion today and honestly getting a tooth pulled out is much more traumatic. The actual procedure took literally 5 minutes.

  36. Based on what I’ve seen in my life, most pro-choice people think all pro-life people are against any and all abortions, no matter what. That’s not the case. If having a baby is going to kill you, get an abortion. Duh. However, I personally don’t think you should take away a life just because you “don’t want it”. If you get pregnant and it won’t kill you or wasn’t the result of rape, then keep it. There’s some who think that before 21 weeks it’s not a “life” it’s just a bundle of cells. What will be the first thing we hear if we ever find the tiniest of cells on mars?? That we found LIFE on Mars. The definition of a cell is “the smallest unit of LIFE”. Cells are life, and you’re taking it away by getting an abortion. Again, if that life will kill you, or if it was the product of a rape, then I think it’s okay to get an abortion. But other than that?? I don’t agree with it. Thanks for coming to my ted talk lol

  37. I unfortunately have had a miscarriage and had to take pills followed by a curettage. I don’t know if that counts as an abortion, because I’m against them.

  38. Instead of killing an innocent life just put some rubber on your partners pee pee, not only does it stop pregnancy but also prevents stds

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