The Traumatic Impact of Medication Abortion

“My baby came out while I was in the bathtub, Sydna,” the distraught caller outlined. “My child’s body looked so human with arms, legs and a head the size of a big bath bead. I didn’t know I was killing a tiny human. Will God ever forgive me?”

Medication abortion – also called the abortion pill – is one of the more traumatizing forms of abortion. Often referred to as an “at-home abortion,” this abortion process involves taking two different drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol.

Women typically receive their first pill of the hormone mifepristone at an abortion clinic. A mother’s body needs progesterone for her child to develop normally. Mifepristone simply blocks the pregnant woman’s ability to produce progesterone.

The second medicine – misoprostol – is given to the woman to take home. She is instructed to take this medication 24-48 hours after consuming the first drug. This medicine combination then initiates intense cramping and bleeding to ensure that the uterus empties out and the pregnancy is ended.

Planned Parenthood advertises medication abortion with the following narrative on their website – With medication abortion, some people like that you don’t need to have a procedure in a doctor’s office. You can have your medication abortion at home or in another comfortable place that you choose. You get to decide who you want to be with during your abortion, or you can go it alone. Because medication abortion is similar to a miscarriage, many people feel like its more “natural” and less invasive. (1)

This advertising message is just another way of saying that the woman becomes her own abortionist. Many will then go on to say that they had a miscarriage versus an abortion.

After taking the second pill, many women go through incredible physical pain. Often alone, many will take a bath, hoping to subdue the cramping. Few understand that when a cervix opens to expel the unborn child, the woman’s body is then susceptible to infection until the cervix closes again. Obviously, bath tubs are rarely as clean as surgical areas so it is possible to die from an infection afterwards.

Unlike a surgical abortion procedure, the mother will likely view her “blob of tissue” when it passes out of her uterus. She may be at school, shopping, riding on a bus, or anywhere when her baby is expelled. The mother then comes face-to-face with the humanity of her deceased child and must dispose of her child’s body all by herself.

“I was at work,” one woman outlined. “I was able to manage the cramping and bleeding enough to go to work. When I felt the baby passing, I rushed to the bathroom. I then came face-to-face with my tiny human child. My heart broke into a million pieces. I wrapped my baby in toilet tissue and smuggled it home under my coat. When I showed my husband our lost child, we both realized what a horrible mistake we had made. They never told me about this emotional impact at the abortion clinic!”

When asked how she disposed of the baby’s body, she replied, “We have our baby in a tiny box on our dresser. When the ground thaws out, my husband and I plan to bury the box in the back yard and have a memorial for our child.”

Included in the price of medication abortion is a scheduled return visit to the abortion clinic for an ultrasound to ensure the womb is empty. If the child remains alive during this second scan, a second abortion procedure is encouraged. The clinic may give another dose of these medications or revert to a surgical procedure. Either way, the woman is typically forced to pay the entire fee for a second abortion procedure.

One woman outlined, “When I saw a tiny human at the bottom of the toilet, I panicked and flushed. My child is in now in the sewers, Sydna.” Many will flush afterwards without looking at their baby. In the following days, every toilet flush can then remind her of her abortion and lost child.

Abortion clinics often inform women that once they take the first abortion drug, they cannot change their mind and continue their pregnancy. This direction has no basis in fact. Doctors are able to reverse the impact of the first drug – mifepristone – by providing more progesterone to offset the first pills impact.

The abortion recovery process is different for those who chose the medication route versus a surgical procedure. Denial of the truth that their child was a tiny human may not be part of long-term abortion wounding with medication abortion. When their lost child presents itself quite obviously at death, many seek help immediately to help with the emotional, spiritual and psychological impact.

It is very important for women considering medication abortion to know the trauma that can result. A great source of information and personal stories from women who endured this process can be found at With an obvious description of this process, traumatic testimonies from women who endured this procedure, along with the truth that the initial medication can be reversed, women are more likely to not choose abortion.

Proverbs 24:11-12 NIV outlines – Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? By learning more about this abortion process, you may be able to help a mother make a better choice than abortion.

If you, or someone you know, has been traumatized by an abortion procedure, know that help is available. To begin to understand how abortion could have impacted you at a physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and biological level, visit our abortion recovery site at and feel free to contact us directly.

God has a plan and a purpose for every life he creates, whether it is aborted or not. He can help heal the wounds and restore peace in the face of such a tragedy.


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