Medical Information Regarding Abortion (brochure text)

 We encourage pregnant women reading this to think carefully before having an abortion. The decision you make in the next few weeks will affect you for the rest of your life…   Physicians Series:       Medical Information Regarding Abortion   PURPOSE OF THIS BROCHURE ** To provide information to aid a pregnant woman in making an informed choice, and… ** To help concerned citizens clarify the nature of abortion.  We encourage pregnant women reading this to think carefully before having an abortion. The decision you make in the next few weeks will affect you for the rest of your life; so you have the right to learn all the facts. Do not let anyone pressure you into a decision you are not ready to make!   PREGNANCY Pregnancy begins when a male sperm and a female egg cell unite in the Fallopian tube to form the first unique cell of a new human being. This special cell, the zygote, begins to divide within ten hours. Within seven to ten days, the rapidly growing human blastocyst implants in the wall of the mother's uterus (womb), continues to grow, and is called the embryo (Latin, budding). At eight weeks, the term becomes fetus, a Latin word which means young one, or offspring. By eight weeks, all body organs are present; by 12 weeks, all organs and systems are functioning. The remainder of the pregnancy is simply a time of growth and fine-tuning for this new human being.   HOW ARE MOST ABORTIONS PERFORMED? ** Suction aspiration or suction abortion is the most common method of abortion in early pregnancy up...