Laminaria are inserted into the cervix of a pregnant woman in preparation to kill her second or third trimester baby by Dilitation & Extraction (dismemberment) abortion. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us_y9GP_-DA for a good explanation of the process of a D & E abortion) The reason the mother's cervix has to be dilated is so that the abortionist can get inside her uterus with forceps to pull her well-formed baby's body apart, piece by piece. The child is normally not dead. (An abortion is usually performed on living infants and are meant to kill them.) The little baby boy or girl is alive. The infant is not given any anesthetic.
Laminaria are sticks of compact seaweed which act like a sponge, absorbing the fluid in the mother's body, slowly expand her cervix. They are normally left in place 1-2 days, depending upon how big her baby is and how far they have to open her cervix.
Yesterday we met a woman at the abortuary who had 3 laminaria instilled in her cervix 24 hours prior. She was 18 weeks pregnant. This woman was told by the abortuary staff that once the laminaria were inserted she had to complete the abortion. The reason they gave was that her cervix would be soft and she would not be able to carry the baby to term. We brought this woman to a local ER and the laminaria were safely removed by the attending physician.
Women who have started a later abortion procedure CAN have the laminaria removed. The laminaria merely serves to dilate the cervix. It does not harm the infant in the womb. The removal of the laminaria can, however, stimulate contractions and/or result in tearing of the amniotic sac. PRAY for safe removal of the laminaria when helping a mother have them removed.
Warning: If the hospital does not do abortions they will not be comfortable handling a situation like this. If possible, accompany the mother and act as an advocate for her and her baby. PRAY for the Lord's help through every part of this process. First, respectfully ask the mother to insist that the doctor have her mother's medical records faxed from the abortuary immediately. With the mother's permission you can speak to the doctor and nurses regarding this as well. The attending physician NEEDS to read the mother's chart and determine exactly what procedure(s) their patient has undergone. They also need to know how many laminaria have been inserted. You may also have to gently but firmly insist that the mother request for the doctor to remove the laminaria.
If possible, seek out good obstetricians in your area AHEAD OF TIME. Find a doctor who is willing to see a mother who wants to have laminaria removed on an emergency basis, and who will remove them.
LAMINARIA NEEDS TO BE REMOVED asap to reverse the abortion process.
Read another story of a heroic reversal of a 20 week abortion by laminaria removal: http://sidewalkcounseling.com/blog/?p=39In conclusion, remember, no matter what the situation with the mother, if laminaria has been inserted you CAN and MUST do everything in your power, with God's help, to save the life of that innocent child. Always refer the mother to a doctor or ER immediately. The mother and baby need good medical care! Jesus will give you the courage and faith and wisdom you need to be a holy help to mommies and their babies. Trust Him, PRAY fervently & ACT in defense of the innocent children being led to slaughter.
NOTE: If the woman has a vaginal infection, the laminaria can result in toxic shock syndrome. While trying to murder her baby a 21 year old Riverside, California woman named Edrica Goode, 21, died of TSS as a result of laminaria inserted at Planned Parenthood abortuary in Riverside, California.