The real issue with Roe: Abortion is a deliberate act of violence against innocent human beings

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Forty-seven years after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case legalized abortion throughout the United States, abortion advocates are once again using Norma McCorvey—also known as “Jane Roe”—to try and advance abortion in America with erroneous claims about the pro-life movement. From the beginning, those who wanted to legalize and expand abortion have used manipulation and deceit to grow the profitable abortion industry, leaving McCorvey and millions of other women damaged in their wake.

McCorvey died in 2017, and now filmmaker Nick Sweeney is releasing the documentary, “AKA Jane Roe,” claiming it tells the real story of McCorvey, who was involved with the pro-life movement for over two decades—including the allegation that she wasn’t actually pro-life and the pro-life movement paid her to lie about it.

While these claims are flatly denied by those closest to McCorvey, Sweeney and other abortion proponents are doing their level best to distract from the issue at hand: Abortion is a horrific act of violence and injustice against innocent human beings that has directly killed over 60 million children in the United States since 1973.

Rebecca Kiessling, an attorney conceived in rape, wrote in a recent email about McCorvey’s alleged “deathbed confession,” noting:

The ruling in Roe v Wade is wrong, not because Norma McCorvey changed her mind about abortion, but because of the humanity of her daughter who deserved the protection she received from the state of Texas, just as I received legal protection in Michigan. Thank God we both got to be born, but tens of millions who have been killed deserved the same protection.

WARNING: This post contains images of abortion victims.

Research has shown that preborn children are capable of feeling pain as early as eight weeks and at a more intense level than adults do. In all of its forms, abortion is violent and unleashes suffering on its victims, both mother and child. To kill a preborn baby in the first 10 weeks of life, the go-to method is chemical abortion (the abortion pill). This regimen is marketed to women as an easy and private way to end a pregnancy. In reality, a growing human being is starved to death before being expelled from the uterus.



For the mother, the pain that comes with the abortion pill can be excruciating and the blood loss both frightening and life-threatening. Though the abortion industry says the abortion pill causes some cramping, women report feeling “unbearable pain” that lasts for weeks. “The pain made me scream in tortuous wails,” said one woman. “I lay on my boyfriend’s couch, the first night alone, and writhed, twisted and contorted my body praying that either I would die or the pain would stop.”

The bleeding can be so heavy and last for days, leading many women to go to the emergency room even after the abortion clinic tells them the blood loss is normal. “Upon arrival at the ER they put me in a wheelchair and I waited no more than 10 minutes before I was blood-soaked from the waist down,” recalled one woman. “They rushed me through triage, where they discovered my blood pressure was roughly 60 over 52.”

Abortion becomes more violent as the gestational weeks increase. A D&C or first-trimester surgical aspiration abortion is typically committed up to 13 weeks gestation. Using a suction catheter, the abortionist pulls the already formed but very small baby out of the uterus with such a force that she is ripped to pieces. Planned Parenthood describes a D&C abortion as using “gentle suction to empty your uterus,” but women who have been through it tell a very different, very violent story.



Luana Stoltenberg testified before a House Judiciary Committee about the trauma she and her baby endured during a D&C abortion. “This doctor was cold, and he was unfriendly. He told me to lie still, that it wouldn’t take long,” she said. “I had no anesthetic for the pain. He said that I would just feel tugging and a slight sensation and cramping. That was not true. It was the most extremely painful procedure I’ve ever had done. I could hear the increased labor, and every time, the suction machine would pull a part or limb of my baby from my body.”

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The hand and arm of aborted baby—7 weeks. (Photo courtesy of and

The most commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure is called a D&E abortion, also known as dismemberment abortion. It is committed between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. In this type of abortion, the abortionist uses a clamp to grasp onto and pull off the preborn child’s limbs – a literal act of dismemberment. As the babies get bigger and beyond the point of viability (babies can survive birth at 21 weeks), committing this type of abortion becomes more difficult for abortionists because of the level of violence that it entails.

READ: First trimester babies aren’t blobs of tissue — they’re amazingly complex



Former abortion business owner Carol Everett once recalled how the abortionist she worked for had to use a good deal of energy to crush the baby’s skull in one of the final steps of a D&E abortion. “Harvey used to joke about getting tennis elbow from this technique,” she said, “and his right arm was actually slightly bigger than his left.”

Even abortionists admit that abortion is violent. The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a former abortionist turned pro-life activist, described a D&E:

The D&E is performed by breaking the bag of water with a pointed instrument thrust through the partly dilated cervix, then inserting grasping and tearing instruments into the womb. The fetus is then quartered, the torso isolated and disemboweled. The head is crushed and extracted in pieces. The placenta is located and scraped off the wall of the womb. This completes the procedure save for the abortionist reassembling all the removed parts on a side table adjoining operating table.

It’s been said that committing a D&E is particularly emotionally disturbing for the abortionists. At a meeting of the Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians, a practitioner read a paper that said, in part:

[…] he or she is the one who is crushing and dismembering the fetus in a D&E procedure, which can be emotionally disturbing… As the doctor tends to take responsibility and assume guilt for the procedure, she or he may have disturbing and recurrent ruminations or dreams.…

For women, the risks of a D&E abortion include a perforated uterus or the puncturing of surrounding organs. There is also a risk of hemorrhage, loss of the uterus, and death. In August of 2019, a 15-year-old girl had a hole torn in her uterus during a D&E abortion.

Face of aborted baby at 21 weeks (D&E procedure).

In the last weeks of pregnancy, induction abortion is the method used to end the life of the preborn child. The abortionist inserts a needle filled with the drug digoxin or potassium chloride into the child’s head or heart, putting the child into cardiac arrest. Laminaria is then placed in the cervix to begin the process of dilation. The mother spends the next two or three days with her dead child inside of her before returning to give birth to her stillborn baby.

Sometimes, however, this doesn’t go as planned, and women give birth in their hotel rooms. In some cases, digoxin doesn’t work and babies are born alive and left to die. And if the abortionist has a deal with a fetal tissue research company, the child may not even be given digoxin. Instead, labor is induced and the child may be aborted alive so that her heart tissue can more readily be used by researchers.



Women who abort this late in pregnancy can suffer major consequences, including death. While the abortion industry misleads Americans into believing abortion at this stage of pregnancy is only done to save the life of the mother or in cases of a fatal fetal diagnosis, the truth is that abortions this late in pregnancy are usually done on healthy babies, and abortion is legal up until birth for any reason—financial, emotional, and even familial—as was decided in Roe v. Wade‘s sister Supreme Court decision Doe v. Bolton.

Additionally, abortion is never medically necessary to save the life or health of the mother. Preterm delivery and emergency C-sections aim to save both mother and child, while an abortion would be the act of intentionally killing the child before birth. In addition, an abortion at this stage is a days-long process and would not be the best course of action during a medical emergency.

Even if thousands of pro-lifers decided to become pro-abortion tomorrow, it would never change what abortion is. Even if McCorvey wasn’t pro-life, it wouldn’t change the truth. Abortion is, and always will be, a deliberate act of violence carried out against the most innocent human beings. The only intent of abortion is to kill.

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