Reality Check

The tragic and very real truth is starting to come out.

Abortion has been disguised behind the easy, “quick fix” to an unplanned pregnancy – but it can’t keep this up much longer.

Now, testimonies from women, videos about abortion procedures, and new scientific studies are revealing the reality of what abortion actually does to the human child in the womb and can do to the mother.

The truth is not pretty, but the largest abortion provider in the United States – Planned Parenthood – can’t afford to have its number one business get such a bad rap. So what are they doing?

They’ve made their own videos to “explain” the abortion pill and the in-clinic abortion.

So we decided to do a reality check and see how realistic their “explanations” were.


Video #1: The Abortion Pill

As Planned Parenthood puts it, it’s as simple as popping two pills, right?

Not even close.

Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed over 1,200 abortions, explains the reality of the abortion pill in this special footage on medication abortion:

[Please be aware – the following video and description are graphic in nature]


So what’s the real story behind the abortion pill?

First, the woman is given Mifopristone, or RU-486 at the clinic. This chemical blocks the natural hormone produced in a woman’s body when she is pregnant (progesterone) and breaks down the lining of the uterus. The baby, whose heart is already beating, is starved to death and dies in the mother’s womb.

24-48 hours later, the woman takes the second pill – Misoprostal (or Cytotec) – at home and alone, without doctor supervision. This pill forces the woman into labor, causing severe cramping, contractions, and heavy bleeding, which can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. As Dr. Levatino describes, the woman is left to suffer alone and will eventually give birth to her dead baby.

Planned Parenthood says that a hot shower, a heating pad, and some ibuprofen should do the trick and get the woman back on her feet and back to school/work right after. Easy, right?

Not so fast.

As the Doctor explains, bleeding lasts on average 9-16 days. 1 in every 12 women experience bleeding more than 30 days, and 1 in every 100 women require hospitalization. Other side effects from the abortion pill include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and headaches. Sadly, the abortion pill has even been known to cause maternal deaths, often due to infection or undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. A recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women who have medical abortions have a four-fold higher risk for complications and problems.

Here are testimonies from several women who have taken the abortion pill.

NOTE: If a woman has taken the first abortion pill and decides she wants to save her baby’s life, it is possible (if she acts fast) through abortion pill reversal (APR). You can learn more about this new, life-saving treatment here.


Video #2: In-Clinic Abortion


So it’s just “gentle suction?” And you’ll be “back to your normal activities the next day?”

Think again.

What Planned Parenthood tried to portray as a simple operation is an invasive surgical procedure called an “Aspiration” or “Suction D&C.” Dr. Anthony Levatino explains in detail what this procedure really entails:

[Please be aware – the following video and description are graphic in nature]

The procedure is a lot less “gentle” than Planned Parenthood portrays it to be. Metal rods and a suction catheter are forced into a woman’s body. A baby, with a heartbeat and fully developed toes, arms, and legs, is torn apart by the force of the suction – 10 to 20 times more powerful than a regular vacuum. The procedure itself is so violent that the woman risks perforation or laceration of the uterus, damage to her internal organs, infection, hemorrhage, and in rare cases, even death. These injuries may then cause future complications, such as pregnancy loss or premature birth.

NOTE: This is only one type of in-clinic abortion. The two other surgical abortion procedures, which Planned Parenthood does not explain, are described in detail here.

On their website, Planned Parenthood even admits that with this invasive procedure, “serious complications may be fatal.” They also list a number of other complications including allergic reaction, blood clots, injury, infection, and heavy bleeding.

Still, what often gets overlooked are the severe repercussions abortion can have on a woman’s mental health. The most comprehensive and largest study of the mental health risks associated with abortion, was published on September 1, 2011, in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry. The study was a meta-analysis that examined 22 other studies that had been published between 1995 and 2009. The study involved 877,181 women – 163,831 of whom had abortions. Here’s what the study found:


  • Women who have had an abortion have an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems compared to women who have not had an abortion.
  • Women who aborted have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who have given birth.
  • Women who aborted have a 55% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women with an “unplanned” pregnancy who gave birth.
  • Women with a history of abortion have higher rates of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37%), alcohol use/misuse (110%), marijuana use (230%), and suicidal behavior (155%) compared to those who have not had abortions.


Abortion is not the simple, easy, and safe solution that Planned Parenthood tries to paint it to be. Instead of disguising the truth, we need to show abortion for what it really is: an invasive procedure that puts the mother’s safety and well-being at risk, and ends a human life. Science, medical personnel, and many women who have experienced abortion can agree.

It’s time we give Planned Parenthood a reality check.