Abby Johnson used to work for Planned Parenthood, and she also had two abortions herself. Now she is a Christian and has a ministry to save other women from her mistakes--both working for abortion or having abortions. Here's what she says about nine month abortions. https://www.facebook.com/abbyjohnsonprolife/posts/1330729393603797
"Yes, late term abortions do take place through the entire third trimester, including through the 9th month of pregnancy. According to the latest data, about 18,000 3rd trimester abortions are performed every year.
These abortions can be performed for the "life or health" of the mother. What this means is that a late term abortion can be provided for any reason, as long as the doctor checks a box on her chart stating it was affecting her "life or health." No documentation of proof is required.
According to several former late term abortion clinic workers who have come through ATTWN, [And Then There Were None] approximately 50% of 3rd trimester abortions are performed on healthy babies. In my own personal experience, we often referred women to late term providers who were pregnant with healthy babies...they wanted the abortion because they had just broken up with the baby's father, or because they lost their job or something similar.
FACTS about late term abortion:
Since the ban on Partial Birth Abortion, abortionists have come up with a different method...believe it or not, a more dangerous method for the woman.
When a woman comes in for a late term abortion, her cervix is dilated through the administration of one of two medications called misoprostol (cytotec) and pitocin and/or laminaria/lamicel insertion. Laminaria are made of sterilized seaweed and look like tiny tampons. Lamicel are similar, but made of a synthetic material. The misoprotol is taken orally prior to surgery and may take several hours to work. Misoprostol is a medication administered to relax the cervix muscle so that the surgeon can dilate it easily. Pitocin is also used sometimes to help with this process and is administered through an I.V.
If laminaria or lamicel is necessary to complete dilation, they must be inserted into the patient’s cervix by the physician prior to the abortion procedure. The laminaria/lamicel act like sponges by absorbing the moisture in the patient’s vagina and expanding to gently open the cervix.
Laminaria/lamicel and misoprostol will be administered on day one. Also, on day one, the physician will also administer a medication called digoxin. This medication will be injected into the amniotic fluid. The fetus will then drink in the digoxin and will overdose in the womb. It can take up to 48 hours for death to occur. During this time, the mother may feel her child struggling to die in her womb.
On day two or three, the physician will perform the surgical abortion after dilation of the cervix is complete—this may take several hours or overnight. The doctor will remove the laminaria (if applicable) insert a speculum into the vagina, and remove the unborn child using vacuum aspiration (suction), forceps and curettes. The surgical procedure takes approximately 10 – 25 minutes. After surgery, the mother is taken into the recovery room, where nurses will monitor her for approximately 45 minutes.
You can find statistics on late term abortion at www.guttmacher.org. You can also find a detailed description of late term abortion procedures on various abortion provider websites such as www.drhern.com"