Friday, August 21, 2015

Hello everyone,

This was a fairly slow week as far as appointment s, but a lot of other things around the PRC were accomplished this week.

A lot of talk has been going around about what Planned Parenthood has been doing with baby parts and organs.  This is absolutely horrible.  If you have not watched any of the videos available on http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org.


facebook or other social media, you can go directly to the site from where they originated.  They are called Center For Medical Progress and their web address is as follows: 

The pro-life movement is so grateful to them for uncovering the atrocities that are happening at Planned Parenthood.  However, we must not be deceived in thinking that Planned Parenthood clinics are the only culprits here.  There are many abortion clinics and doctors out there who perform abortion under the guise of helping the woman, when their main concern is their bottom line.  If they are not trafficking in baby parts they are certainly charging the mother, her family and us great amounts of money for these abortions.  Well don’t get me started on all the companies, clinics, corporations who profit from the abortion industry.  As a nation, we must take a stand against this evil.

As individuals who believe in pro-life and work through the  Pregnancy Resource Center we must step up our efforts to reach and educate women, girls, men and boys about the truth that pregnancy is not an illness that needs to be treated.  They must learn that this is a life, a unique person who God has sent for a purpose.  The way we do this is by having the best trained personnel and volunteers, the best resources, and the best ultrasound equipment.  Along with aggressive advertising to reach the many, many abortion minded women in our area.

People who attend the churches in our area are the ones we can count on for help.  They cannot help however, if they do not know about us.  Next week we will be mailing a letter to all the churches in the area to enlist them in getting the word out to their church families about what the PRC does and what their needs and future plans are.  Next Sunday I would ask that you ask your Pastor or Minister if he received a letter from us and if he says yes, ask him if someone is coming to speak from the Center. Then please pray about what more God would have you do to help get the truth out there – life is of God and for a purpose.

OK off the soap box now to let you know what is happening around the PRC.  Many thanks goes out to everyone who is bringing the many donations that flood into the Center.  From maternity clothes to baby food, we have been blessed with many donations.  Our space is limited, but that’s ok.  We have room for more and another Baby Boutique sale may be just around the corner.  The good thing about having so many donations is that we can pick from the very best to put in our store.  Our ladies are so blessed to get to pick from the cream of the crop in baby clothes, toys, maternity clothes and other items for their babies.

Several births have been recorded just this past week.  It was an honor to be able to help a family who needed a car seat and sleepers for their newborn.  Two of these tiny angels, have visited us and I took their pictures .  You can see their photos and some other items on the photos page of this blog.

We are praising God for the contributions received for our new ultrasound fund on Go Fund Me.  A total of $255 has been donated.  We should be getting a new ultrasound machine in a few weeks.  Please stay tuned for more information about that.

Tomorrow is our first monthly training session.  This session will be focusing on the area of Client Assistant or counselor.  A lot of information will need to be covered about how to listen, how and when to respond, and the procedures involved.  If you are not signed up, and want to attend, come ahead.  We will make it work.  Next month we will have another Saturday training, which will focus on the duties of a receptionist.  Stay tuned for the date for this training.

Thank you everyone for all your prayers, support, and help!!!

God is sooooo Good!

“Oh Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee, for Thou in Thine atonement didst give Thyself for me.  I own no other Master – my heart shall be Thy throne; My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.”

Recognize this old hymn?    “Living for Jesus”

1 Cor. 10:31
“For whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Saturday, August 8, 2015

ROLLER COASTER WEEK

A Week at The Pregnancy Center

This past week has been a busy, roller-coaster kind of week.  The appointment book was nearly full to capacity with 19  appointments and 16 of them kept.  This is not including the Earn While You Learn students in our Tuesday and Wednesday classes.  There have been some very sweet and satisfying moments, and then there have been some heart breaking ones too.

In light of all the news surrounding the Planned Parenthood atrocity, it seems some are calling us to ask where they can find a “safe” abortion.  This is sad, because there is no such thing, but we cannot tell this to the caller.  We only say we do not perform them or refer for them, but that we have a lot of information about them, and continue to urge them to come in for an appointment.

Of the three clients this past week who were definitely abortion minded, one changed her mind and is looking into adoption. Praise God.

One chose abortion because a doctor has told her the medication she is taking will cause birth defects or even her own death at child birth.  The other was pressured by family members, and even after coming here and deciding not to continue with the appointed abortion in Pensacola, we have learned that she did go through with it, because of her family’s pressure.

I know your heart is aching right now as mine, as I think of these two precious ladies who have been deceived and lied to.  However, God’s word was shared with these girls, and I am holding on to:   Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth, it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

I was hopeful in knowing that the law Governor Scott signed in June would perhaps cause the one headed to a Pensacola abortion clinic to need to return the following day to complete the abortion, and we would have the chance to see her again.  However, I learned that the abortion industry filed an injunction against the law the very day it was to go into effect, so it has not taken effect yet.  I also learned that the group that filed the injunction was representatives of a Gainesville clinic and that they were required to pay over $25,000.00 to file this injunction.  This is more proof that the abortion industry is very lucrative, and does not want to lose income as a result of a changed mind about abortion.  They care not about the safety or wellness of women.

Can you see why we covet your prayers for the women who come into this place looking for help?  Did you know that of the 16 visits this past week; they were seen by only three nurses, and three counselors.  That is over five clients per nurse and counselor in this past week.  When you pray for them will you please also ask God to send not only volunteers who are pro-life, but Holy Spirit led ministers who will lay aside every weight in order to obey God in saving women and saving babies.

True or False, the following are 6 reasons not to be what we call a Client Assistant, or counselor.  Only one is true, do you know which one it is?  Just something to think about.

1.    T___   F____  I have never led anyone to Christ and don’t know how.
2.    T___   F____  I am afraid I will say the wrong thing
3.    T___   F____  I am not sure of my own salvation, so I cannot share with others.
4.    T___   F____  I am not qualified or educated enough.
5.    T___   F____  My life is too busy, I would have to sacrifice in order to help.
6.    T___   F____  I don’t believe sharing the gospel is enough, I need to see results.

If you find more than one of them are true for you, perhaps the following will help:

Evangelism - Making disciples of others (Matthew 28:18-20). ”We are to share our faith and tell nonbelievers about the wonderful changes Jesus Christ has made in our lives. No matter what our maturity level in the Christian life, we have something to offer. Too often, we believe the lie from Satan that we don't really know enough or haven't been a Christian long enough to make a difference. Not true! Some of the most enthusiastic representatives of the Christian life are new believers who have just discovered the awesome love of God. They may not know a lot of Bible verses or the "accepted" way of saying things, but they have experienced the love of the living God, and that is exactly what we are to share.” From Got Questions Ministries -  www.gotquestions.org

Coming up:
Counselor Training, August 22, 8:30-12N here at the Center.
Run Baby Run by October 24, More to come on this
Banquet Planning committee meeting, To be announced
Printed Newsletter – To be dedicated to our donors.  If you would like to share the reasons you support this ministry, please email me at, jackie@anotherheart.org, or Amanda at amanda@lawsonclan.com

A great big thank you goes out to Teresa Byrnes for the lovely, high tea at her house last Friday.  There were 12 of us enjoying tea, scones, petit fours, delicious fruit and sandwiches.  But more importantly, it was a great time of sweet fellowship outside the Center where we could  get to know one another better.

God is soooo Good, all the time, even when our hearts are heavy, He is still there.

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.”  John 6:44

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Remembering The Trips

Today's word - TRIALS IN REVIEW

In a few days it will be 4 years since this post. It was just a few days before one of my biggest trials. One day I will attempt to list the trials as I look back and show how God blessed through them.

  My how ironic it is that we now live in Panama City Beach and the event that took place on the 21 of March of that year was what brought it about.

March 15, 2011

Today's word - Trials

It was a trip I will always remember. A friend of my mother's owned a house in Panama City Beach. Me, my 4 month old son, my mom, younger sister and her friend, my older sister and two of her children piled into my mother's Ford Fairlane and headed to the beach. I was the lucky one, because I was driving, and had the best seat in the car. Needless to say it was a crowded, uncomfortable ride. But our arrival at a different place with salt air and soft white sand was worth the long, sometimes miserable, trip. The temptation to take this trip to the beach was exciting and although the trip was not easy, the beach was wonderful.

"Are we there yet?" Is what I want to ask God everyday. The harder the road the more I long to see His face. The trip is often uncomfortable, and I must admit my patience sometimes feels non-existent, but each time I depend on my Heavenly Father to carry me through a trial, the more patience I gain for the next one. You see, trials are vehicles God uses to bring us to a new place in life. Just as we physically go on many trips and experience many destinations, so do our temptations and/or trials take us to many different life’s destinations. The patience learned with each trip aids us in the next, until one final trip, bathed with sweet comforting patience carries us to our final, perfect destination.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing“. James 1:2-4

I used to tell my children, " love your car, take care of it and it will carry you many miles." The same could be said about our trials. Love those vehicles of trials, take care in them that patience does its perfect work. Who knows which trial will be the one which carries us to our final and perfect destination.

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" I Peter 1:7 (KJV)



Friday, March 21, 2014

THREE YEARS LATER

Today's word - THINGS

March 21, 2011 was a Monday.  The day I returned home to ashes.  All my familiar belongs were ashes. Oh, we were and are so blessed to have a home in Panama City Beach, but the things we had gathered together in Georgia for over 40 years are still gone. The key word here though is "things." The loss of these things was somewhat painful, but their un-importance has been made very clear to me by my Heavenly Father.

Just His Way

Just a way God chose to let me see the un-importance of things
Just a way God chose to let me see the un-importance of even an earthly home.
Just a way God chose to move me to another place of service.
Just a way God chose to draw me and maybe others closer to Him.
Just a way God chose to work in the life of one old woman and her family.
May you be so blessed as to let God choose for you.

Acts 21 tells of Paul's journey of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Isn't that the story of every believer?  Or at least it should be.

Shouldn't we all be on a missionary journey. I believe all true believers are on this journey to share the Good News of Jesus.  Don't you think that is why we are left here after salvation.

We will suffer along the way.  We may loose a home, loved one, be sick, desititue, lonely, or even thrown into prison like Paul.  If we are true believers we will suffer persecuriton by not only the outsiders (unbelievers) who do not understand, but by the evil one who can manipulate people and circumstances to perpetrate our losses.

However, nothing happens that is not allowed by God the Father to make us more like Jesus.



"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing."   James 1:2-4









Thursday, March 13, 2014

Running To

Word for the day - FOUND

Sometime in the early 70s, my son was about 6 years old.  A trip to the mall was a treat.  The days before cell phones made getting separated a lot more serious than it would be today.

At the big fountain in the middle of the mall we sat and talked and ate lunch.  He was walking around the fountain and all was good, until I stood to leave and could not find him. I was panicked and afraid.  After walking up and down the mall and looking into every store I thought he would wander into I contacted the mall security.

After what seemed an eternity, the security guard next to me told me they had located him and another guard was bringing him to me.  As he rounded the fountain where we got separated he saw me and a big smile crossed both our faces.  He ran and put his arms around me so tight.  Then he suddenly realized everyone was looking and pulled back in embarrassment.

Sometime I wish I could go back to that day and hug him for a long long time even if he was trying to pull back.  Sometimes I think of his eagerness to run to me and I to him and I just want to cry, because that is sort of how it is with me and my Creator. 

Last Sunday we sang “Running to His Arms” and I thought of that day when Ryan ran into my arms.  I remember it wasn’t too much after that event that He accepted Jesus as Savior in the office of our Pastor.  That’s the way it is when we realize we are lost and on our way to hell.  That’s the way it is when we accept Him.  We run into His arms. 

Everyday I find myself running into His arms again.  Not for salvation, but for help with the worlds demands and power to serve and love others.  Sometimes we wander off from his loving arms, and into this world of care, and perhaps even get ensnared in sin.  But isn’t it wonderful - He is always there to welcome us, His children,  back.

“And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
Mark 10:15




Saturday, March 8, 2014

Doing Something


A Little Bit of Spring
Word for the day:  All in All

A little bit of spring is in the air. After all the winter the air is turning warmer and the spring breakers are in town. Watching them on the beach this afternoon reminded me of how beautiful life can be.

At the Center we are getting ready for the Spring Banquet and as busy as we are, we cannot forget the reason we work so hard to make this happen.  It is not for the pretty flowers we place on each table, or the themed decorations that make it all inviting.  It is ultimately for only one reason, to bring glory to our Lord and Savior by upholding and stressing the importance of working and doing something to promote life.

Jesus came to give us life and to give it to us more abundantly.  When I fell in love with the Savior I began growing and changing.  I am still growing and changing, but as I look back over the years I see that the changes have sometimes been so subtle I didn't even realize them until much later.  I thank Him for the changes, and one is realizing that many years ago I began on a journey.  This journey was called "all or nothing."  When I walked the aisle of our church determined to spend the night in prayer if necessary, it was because I wanted all or nothing of Jesus.  Guess what - I got it! He is all or nothing for me.

Because I love the Life Giver so much, I want to do something to promote life.  So I work to invite others to know Him when they come to us for help.  I work to invite mothers-to-be to choose life for their unborn babies.  I work to be a leader and teacher of the many lessons learned over my many years.

The new study we start tomorrow is "All In" by Mark Batterson.  This is special to me because of my desire for all or nothing those many years ago.

"If Jesus is not Lord of all, then Jesus is not Lord at all"

The new song by Matthew West "Do Something" echos my feeling and I hope many will hear it, fall in love with Jesus Christ and then do something for Him!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Taking A Stand

Today's Word - ABORTION (TYPES)


No commentary today, just want to give some information that may be of interest to those who hold life in high regard.  Life - the reason Jesus came to earth.

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10 (KJV)

Surgical Abortions

There are many methods of abortion. The procedure used depends largely upon the stage of pregnancy and the size of the unborn child. Dr. J.C. Willke, in his book, Abortion: Questions and Answers (Hayes Publishing Co. Inc, Cincinnati, 1985), has divided the methods of abortion into three main categories: those that invade the uterus and kill the child by instruments which enter the uterus through the cervix; those that kill the preborn child by administration of drugs and then induce labour and the delivery of a dead baby; and, those that invade the uterus by abdominal surgery.

Dilation of the uterus is required in cervical methods of abortion. The usual method of dilation is to insert a series of instruments of increasing size into the cervix. A set of dilators, metallic curved instruments, are used to open the cervix sufficiently to accommodate the instruments of abortion. In contrast with a normal birth, where the dilation occurs slowly over a period of many hours, the forceful stretching by the abortionist to open the cervix takes a matter of seconds. This premature and unnatural stretching of the cervix can result in permanent physical injury to the mother.

Laminaria (dehydrated material, usually seaweed) is sometimes used to reduce damage to the cervix. Inserted into the cervix the day before the scheduled abortion, it absorbs water and swells, gradually pushing open the cervix in the process.

At Eight Weeks

At eight to nine weeks the eyelids have begun forming and hair appears. By the ninth and tenth weeks the preborn child sucks her thumb, turns somersaults, jumps, can squint to close out light, frown, swallow, and move her tongue.

At this early stage of development, suction abortions are performed using a smaller tube, requiring little dilation of the cervix. This is called "menstrual extraction." However, if all the fetal remains are not removed, infection results, requiring full dilation of the cervix and a scraping out of the womb.
Suction Aspiration

This is the most common method of abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. General or local anaesthesia is given to the mother and her cervix is quickly dilated. A suction curette (hollow tube with a knife-edged tip) is inserted into the womb. This instrument is then connected to a vacuum machine by a transparent tube. The vacuum suction, 29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner, tears the fetus and placenta into small pieces which are sucked through the tube into a bottle and discarded.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

This method is similar to the suction method with the added insertion of a hook shaped knife (curette) which cuts the baby into pieces. The pieces are scraped out through the cervix and discarded [Note: This abortion method should not be confused with a therapeutic D&C done for reasons other than pregancy.]

At Twelve Weeks

By the end of the third month all arteries are present, including the coronary vessels of the heart. Blood is circulating through these vessels to all body parts.

The heart beat ranges during this fetal period from 110 to 160 beats per minute. All blood cells are produced by the liver and spleen, a job soon taken over by the bone marrow. White blood cells, important for immunity, are formed in the lymph nodes and thymus.

Vocal chords are complete, and the child can and does sometimes cry (silently). The brain is fully formed, and the child can feel pain. The fetus may even suck his thumb. The eyelids now cover the eyes, and will remain shut until the seventh month to protect the delicate optical nerve fibers.
14 weeks: Muscles lenghten and become organized. The mother will soon start feeling the first flutters of the baby kicking and moving inside.

15 weeks: The fetus has an adult's taste buds and may be able to savor the mother's meals.
16 weeks: Five and a half inches tall and only six ounces in weight, eyebrows, eyelashes and fine hair appear. The child can grasp with his hands, kick, or even somersault.

At Eighteen Weeks

The fetus is now about 5 inches long. The child blinks, grasps, and moves her mouth. Hair grows on the head and body.

20 weeks: The child can hear and recognize mother's voice. Though still small and fragile, the baby is growing rapidly and could possibly survive if born at this stage. Fingernails and fingerprints appear. Sex organs are visible. Using an ultrasound device, the doctor can tell if the child is a girl or a boy. The one on the left is a baby girl.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

This method is used up to 18 weeks' gestation. Instead of the loop-shaped knife used in D&C abortions, a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them.

Salt Poisoning (Saline Injection):

Used after 16 weeks (four months) when enough fluid has accumulated. A long needle injects a strong salt solution through the mother's abdomen into the baby's sac. The baby swallows this fluid and is poisoned by it. It also acts as a corrosive, burning off the outer layer of skin. It normally takes somewhat over an hour for the baby to die from this. Within 24 hours, labor will usually set in and the mother will give birth to a dead or dying baby. (There have been many cases of these babies being born alive. They are usually left unattended to die. However, a few have survived and later been adopted.)

At Six Months

Seen here at six months, the unborn child is covered with a fine, downy hair called lanugo. Its tender skin is protected by a waxy substance called vernix. Some of this substance may still be on the child's skin at birth at which time it will be quickly absorbed. The child practices breathing by inhaling amnionic fluid into developing lungs.
Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion

This form of abortion uses chemicals developed by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Co. which cause the uterus to contract intensely, pushing out the developing baby. The contractions are more violent than normal, natural contractions, so the unborn baby is frequently killed by them -- some have even been decapitated. Many, however, have also been born alive.

Hysterotomy or Caesarean Section

Used mainly in the last three months of pregnancy, the womb is entered by surgery through the wall of the abdomen. The technique is similar to a Caesarean delivery, except that the umbilical cord is usually cut while the baby is still in the womb, thus cutting off his oxygen supply and causing him to suffocate. Sometimes the baby is removed alive and simply left in a corner to die of neglect or exposure.

At 30 Weeks

For several months, the umbilical cord has been the baby's lifeline to the mother. Nourishment is transferred from the mother's blood, through the placenta, and into the umbilical cord to the fetus. If the mother ingests any toxic substances, such as drugs or alcohol, the baby receives these as well.
32 weeks: The fetus sleeps 90-95% of the day, and sometimes experiences REM sleep, an indication of dreaming.
Partial-Birth Abortion
Five steps to a partial birth abortion:

Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's legs with forceps.

The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal. 

The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.


The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the skull.

The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.

At 40 Weeks

The baby, now approximately seven and a half pounds, is ready for life outside its mother's womb. At birth the placenta will detach from the side of the uterus and the umbilical cord will cease working as the child takes his first breaths of air. The child's breathing will trigger changes in the structure of the heart and bypass arteries which will force all blood to now travel through the lungs.

Chemical Abortions

Chemical abortion can be caused by certain drugs, administered in varying ways, which act upon the hormones of the mother to create a situation in which a newly-formed human being, known as a zygote or embryo at this stage, cannot survive. Most of these chemicals are used in combination, one drug to ensure that the embryo is killed, and a second to induce contractions so that the dead embryo is expelled from the uterus of the mother.

The drugs employed to cause these abortions may be referred to as causing pharmaceutical abortions, particularly in promotional literature.

Because Hoescht, the parent company of Roussel-Uclaf, the first manufacturer of RU-486, is a major producer of agricultural chemicals, administration of abortion pills has become known as inducing "chemical abortion," and RU-486 and other chemical abortifacients are often considered "human pesticides".

Life begins at fertilization, NOT implantation

There is much scientific proof that a unique human being is created after fertilization of the egg by the sperm. This human being already has a complete and unique genetic make-up. Although it doesn't resemble us at this point, the new life looks exactly like a human being should look at this stage in his or her development. We all started out this way.

Day 1-14: Fertilization: the sperm and egg join in the fallopian tube to form a unique human being. Twenty-three chromosomes of the father and twenty-three chromosomes of the mother combine, which pre-determine all of a person's physical characteristics. The picture on the left is a fertilized egg, only thirty hours after conception. Magnified in the photo at right, it is actually no larger than the head of a pin. Still rapidly dividing, the developing embryo moves down from the fallopian tube and towards the uterus.

3 weeks: Once in the uterus, the developing embyo searches for a place to implant, where it actually burrows beneath the surface of the uterus. The yolk sac, produces blood cells during the early weeks of life. The unborn child is only one-sixth of an inch long, but is rapidly developing. The backbone, spinal column, and nervous system are forming. The kidneys, liver, and intestines are taking shape.

Chemical Abortion - The prevention of implantation or Morning After Pill

Preven
Known as either the "morning-after pill" or the "emergency contraceptive kit," but more appropriately described as "post-coital interception." The Preven pill makes the lining of the uterus inhospitable to a living, human embryo. The embryo is unable to implant and gain nourishment, so it dies. Here is an excerpt from The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 6th Edition, by Moore and Persaud (P. 532):

Postcoital [after intercourse] birth control pills... Ovarian hormones (estrogen) taken in large doses within 72 hours after sexual intercourse usually prevent implantation of the blastocyst [embryo]... These hormones prevent implantation, not fertilization. Consequently, they should not be called contraceptive pills. Conception occurs but the blastocyst does not implant. It would be more appropriate to call them "contraimplantation pills." Because the term abortion refers to a premature stoppage of a pregnancy, the term abortion could be applied to such an early termination of pregnancy.

Side effects: risk of developing blood clots and blockage of blood vessels - which may lead to heart attacks, strokes. Studies have indicated that the risk of both benign and malignant liver tumors may be increased by Preven use. Smoking and the use of Preven greatly increase the chance of developing possibly fatal heart disease.

The following quote from the Preven website affirms both, that Preven the morning after pill stops the fertilized egg from implanting into the uterus and that RU486 induces abortion. Preven, at the beginning stage of the baby's development, prevents implanation in the uterus, and RU486 causes the baby to detach from the mother's uterus.

"The ingredients of Preven are nothing new: Medical experts have used the basic recipe for emergency contraception since at least the mid 1970s. Emergency contraception pills, or ECPs, are simply high doses of the hormones found in regular birth-control pills, taken in two steps within 72 hours of sex. In contrast to "morning after" pills such as RU-486, which induce abortion by causing a fertilized egg to detach from a woman's uterus, ECPs actually prevent pregnancy. " Most people have no idea that's possible, because when Mom or Dad took us behind the barn, they usually left us with a misunderstanding of the basic facts of life," says Dr. Anita Nelson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA. "It actually takes a few days for an egg to get fertilized and lock itself onto a uterus. And ECPs (emergency contraceptive pills) work to stop ovulation from taking place, stop the sperm from coming down the tube, or stop a fertilized egg from becoming implanted." (emphasis added) 


Plan B or Morning After Pill is commonly called emergency birth control.  It is large doses of birth control hormones and has just been released by the FDA to be sold over the counter to women over the age of 15.

Note:  Birth Control Pills require a prescription, and are lower in hormone dosage, but the Morning After Pill uses larger doses, but does not require a prescription.  This like all aspects of the worlds view of birth control and abortion - completely out of the realm of reasoning.

Chemical Abortion in the First Trimester
RU 486/Mifepristone

While many people focus solely on RU-486 (Mifepristone or Mifeprex), the so-called "French abortion pill," the RU-486 technique actually uses two powerful synthetic hormones with the generic names of mifepristone and misoprostol (or other chemicals called prostaglandins) to chemically induce abortions in women five to nine weeks pregnant.

The RU-486 procedure requires at least three trips to the abortion facility. In the first visit, the woman is given a physical exam, and if she has no obvious contra-indications ("health conditions" such as smoking, asthma, high blood pressure, obesity, etc., that could make the drug deadly to her), she takes the RU-486 pills. RU-486 blocks the action of progesterone, the natural hormone vital to maintaining the rich nutrient lining of the uterus. The developing baby is disrupted from his or her habitat and starves as the nutrient lining disintegrates.

At a second visit 36 to 48 hours later, the woman is given a dose of artificial prostaglandins, usually misoprostol, which initiates uterine contractions and usually causes the embryonic baby to be expelled from the uterus. Most women abort during the 4-hour waiting period at the clinic, but about 30% abort later at home, work, etc., as many as 5 days later. A third visit about 2 weeks later determines whether the abortion has occurred or a surgical abortion is necessary to complete the procedure (5 to 10% of all cases).

There are several serious well documented side effects associated with RU-486/prostaglandin abortions, including prolonged and severe bleeding (up to 44 days), nausea, vomiting, pain, and even death. At least one woman in France died while others there suffered life-threatening heart attacks from the technique. In U.S. trials conducted in 1995, one woman is known to have nearly died after losing half her blood and requiring emergency surgery.

Long term effects of the drug have not yet been sufficiently studied, but there are reasons to believe that RU-486 could affect not only a woman’s current pregnancy, but her future pregnancies as well, potentially inducing miscarriages or causing severe malformations in later children. (RU 486 Misconceptions Myths and Morals, pp. 71-79).

For additional details or references on the RU-486 information provided here, please access the National Right to Life website or ask your pharmacist.

Methotrexate

The procedure with methotrexate is similar to the one using RU486, though administered by an intramuscular injection instead of a pill and acts by a different mechanism. Originally developed to attack fast growing cancer cells by neutralizing the B vitamin folic acid necessary for cell division, methotrexate attacks the fast growing cells of the baby, and the trophoblast, the tissue surrounding the embryo that eventually gives rise to the placenta.  The trophoblast not only functions as the "life support system" for the developing child, drawing oxygen and nutrients from the mother’s blood supply and disposing of carbon dioxide and waste products, but also produces the hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone which signals the corpus luteum to continue the production of progesterone necessary to prevent breakdown of the uterine lining and loss of the pregnancy. 
Methotrexate initiaties the disintengration of that sustaining, protective, and nourishing environment. Deprived of the food, oxygen, and fluids he or she needs to survive, the baby dies.

Three to seven days later (depending on the protocol used), a suppository of misoprostol (the same prostaglandin used with RU 486) is inserted into a woman’s vagina to trigger uterine contractions and expulsion of the tiny body of the child from the woman’s uterus. Sometimes this occurs within the next few hours, but often a second dose of the prostaglandin is required, making the time lapse between the initial administration of methotrexate and the actual completion of the abortion as long as several weeks. A woman may bleed for weeks (42 days in one study ), even heavily, and may abort anywhere -- at home, on the bus, at work, etc. Those found to be still pregnant in later visits (at least 1 in 25) are given surgical abortions.

Even doctors who support abortion are reluctant to prescribe methotrexate for abortion because of its high toxicity and unpredictable side effects. Those side effects commonly include nausea, pain, diarrhea, as well as less visible but more serious effects such as bone marrow depression, severe anemia, liver damage and methotrexate-induced lung disease. The manufacturer warns in the package insert that "deaths have been reported with the use of methotrexate," and recommends that its use be limited to "physicians whose knowledge and experience includes the use of antimetabolite therapy." Though researchers performing methotrexate abortions have dismissed such concerns because of the low dosage used, other doctors in the abortion trade have disagreed, and the package insert clearly warns that "toxic effects may be related in frequency and severity to dose or frequency of administration, but have been seen at all doses" (emphasis added).

For additional details or references on the Methotrexate information provided here, please access the National Right to Life website or ask your pharmacist.