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Pro-abortion self-help ideas following an abortion reveal just how ugly and painful they really are

by | Feb 3, 2022

By Dave Andrusko runs some of the most dreadful posts you can imagine, so awful that you wouldn’t expect to read them even in a fanatically pro-abortion site.

Caroline Reilly has a post that ran yesterday under the headline, “A Guide to Caring for Yourself (Or Others) After an Abortion.” This is a handy what-to-expect/how to care for yourself manual.

For starters, of course—of course!—“Abortion is life-affirming health care that should be accessible for all, on demand and without restrictions.” But give her credit for being partially honesty. “I heard from dozens of folks who said there were parts of getting an abortion they felt unprepared for or surprised by—the pain, the bleeding, and all the other aspects associated with many medical procedures.”

Although, she writes, “Unfortunately, conversations about the aftermath of an abortion all too often center on harmful and false narratives about abortion regret and other so-called risks of the procedure.” 

In other words, she published this story on {a} the theory that forewarned is forearmed; and {b} to distinguish between the physical misery that so often accompanies an abortion—which Reilly does not deny—and all the other post-abortion complications which can be associated with abortion—which she denies. 

Reilly first tackles chemical abortions (“medical abortions”) before moving on to surgical abortions, which pro-abortion spinmeisters now call “procedural abortion.” She breaks down what to expect from (undefined) “early term procedural abortion” and “later-term procedure abortion.”

Describing medication abortion is tough going. As you know, it involves two-drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. Reilly writes

One thing to note is that typically you don’t get the cramping until you take the misoprostol,” said Dr. Diane Horvath, a Baltimore-based OB-GYN. “People sometimes freak out at the visit and say, ’Oh my God, is the pain going to start now?’ The pain typically starts after you take the misoprostol. And usually people are doing that in their home, or in a safe space that they’re able to be in for the rest of the process.” Horvath tells patients to plan on staying put for the duration once the misoprostol kicks in.

“So don’t take the misoprostol and go somewhere; don’t take it and go to Target,” she said. “Be home or in the home of somebody, or in a space that you trust.” …

Once the fetal tissue has passed, the bleeding and cramping should lessen, but you should expect to experience bleeding similar to that of a period for a week or two, said Dr. Ashley Brant, an OB-GYN.

Horvath adds, “The worst of the bleeding and cramping is usually over within 24 hours.” So she warns of bleeding and cramping but you don’t get a sense of the excruciating pain and of course not a word about seeing your baby’s remains.

When explaining the aftermath of early surgical abortions,  Horvath warns

“It’s really normal to pass some clots, particularly after a second trimester or a later abortion,” Horvath said. “But those clots shouldn’t be the size of your fist. It could be the size of a lemon; that’s OK to have a couple lemon-sized clots. It’s not OK to have three fist-sized clots, [and] it’s not OK to have a clot the size of your shoe—that’s too much. If you saturate two maxi pads per hour for more than an hour, then call us. But [providers should be] really specific: I don’t mean panty liners; I mean full-size maxi pads.”

The aftermath of later surgical abortions is more like a delivery because–well, because it really is. Dr. Ashley Brant is an OB-GYN:

For a later abortion, the cramping and bleeding may be more intense. “As the pregnancy length increases, the recovery becomes more like the recovery from a vaginal delivery in terms of bleeding and cramping,” Brant said. …

The later in pregnancy your abortion occurs, the more your body is ready to give birth. As a result, some patients who have a later abortion may start lactating. While your natural instinct might be to express the breast milk, Horvath said this will have the opposite of the intended effect—it will encourage your body to produce more milk.

Horvath suggested a midwifery trick: Freeze some cabbage for a few days before placing the frozen leaves in a well-fitted, supportive bra overnight. Avoid stimulating your breasts or letting hot water run over them in the shower. After a few days, the cabbage should have stopped the milk production. Brant advised taking over-the-counter Sudafed to help slow lactation.

Finally Horvath offers some ideas to “memorialize” the baby whose life you just took before concluded with what do say when you have an obvious baby bump one day but not the next:

“I’ve told people that if they’re comfortable, [they can say] something along the lines of, ’We lost the pregnancy, I don’t really want to talk about it,’” she said. “And that speech seems to work well because it kind of covers everything. I also tell people [that] if somebody gives you any sh_t, you just tell them you’re done talking.”

Does that line up with this?

Lots of common and safe procedures that people have every single day involve pain and bleeding and unpleasantness, but that doesn’t mean they should be politicized or have restrictions imposed on them.

Abortion is no different.

Abortion is absolutely different and all gibberish from all the Dr. Horvaths  in the world won’t change that!

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