This Is What Unsafe Abortion Looks Like

One of the many priorities of the Congressional Republicans is the driving desire to stop all forms of abortion, both locally and abroad.  Thanks to numerous legislation pending in states, we are likely to end up with a national landscape that makes abortions much more onerous to obtain, much more expensive, and likely later in term.  But hopefully none of this will lead to the type of desperation seen in other countries.

A report from Kailahun, a small town in Sierra Leone, gives the disturbing details of what teens who do not have access to safe, legal abortions.  A worker with Marie Stopes, a global reproductive health care provider explains the process, which is known locally as “rocket propelled grenade.”

The Centre Manager of Marie Stopes in Kailahun, Sister Mary Sheku, has disclosed that abortion is induced by teenagers by inserting a concoction of cassava leaves, cassava stems and ‘other herbs’ into their vagina and leaving it there for two days. This method of abortion she explained is called Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG).

She said many teenagers who have died a painful and horrific deaths in Kailahun due to this method.

Sister Mary Sheku went on to state that since she started working in Kailahun, she has treated six cases of girls who insert the stem into their vagina and uterus and suffer from severe bleeding. She noted that most of the girls who commit the act are between the ages of 13 to 15 but some adults are even involved.

While Republicans are fighting to end the funding of family planning programs in the United States, they are also working to end any sort of global health funding that could involve family planning, leaving more teens and women pregnant, and not giving birth, but attempting to abort via whatever means they can find.

Even if that means a rocket propelled grenade.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Conservatism at its worst! Pushing women into slavery, being only a womb to produce offspring usable in wars, as workers and as the next generation breeders. That's why the Repukes and Teabags wants to end affordable healthcare, the right to choose, sex education, free contraceptives and push desperate women towards quacks where they risk their lifes.
Rich women will always have the option to go to another country and get their abortion, whilst poor women are left with very little help. If this becomes a reality, and looking at the present majority it's very likely, the orphaneges will overflow with unwanted children ( see Romania before 1989) and who will pay for them when the rich doesn't pay any taxes? Well, there's always charity, you know!

Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago


judy k.
judy k6 years ago


Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

Religious right--put your money where your mouth is.--NO unfunded mandates for poor women.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan6 years ago

Yes raincoats for the men, I agree. I feel like the people that are against abortions are simple minded. Are they willing to help raise these cheildren. Do they think death penality is alright, do they think killing in a worthless war is alright.. It is time we go back to womens rights.

Rachel H.
Rachel H6 years ago

Joslynne Davidson:
Just as you're Catholic and all torn up about this, remember too that there are plenty of us Republicans who are in favor of birth control. ;) I don't like abortions, but I also believe eliminating the need is the best option. Hand the birth control out like candy! I am pro-abstinence, but I also know that plenty of people AREN'T, so I'm all for sex-ed in the classrooms. That's just another thing me and only SOME of my political fellows disagree with - I've found MANY more who actually believe along the same lines.

So don't go lumping all the Conservatives in the same group, people! Never forget that even a political party is made up of PEOPLE. And people come in all varieties. Why should we be grouped together like cookie-cutouts?

Khat Bliss
Past Member 6 years ago

Wow, I don't know how I can add to these great comments, but, as we forge on....start the revolution!

Joslynne Davidson

Hey Nick-maybe you should either do some research and become part of the solution or keep you little dingle in your pants and just be quiet. It isn't all up to 'just the woman'. Guys should keep their jackets on.

The repubicans also want to ban birth control. So, women are only good as long as they produce and then they can go to auction (or clean the church). Hmm - how close to puppy mill is that for you? Next, there will be no school for women after age twelve, they must produce a son a year, no driving, reading, or going out in public without being covered from head to foot - oops not in America you say?

And guess who is backing this subjugation of women-the Catholic Church. (And you should hear what the Catholic bishops want to do to the gay community.) Before you get upset-I am Catholic and I am twisted and bent about this one!

Elsie O.
Elsie O6 years ago

In the rural cemetery where my in-laws are buried is a heart-shaped headstone that says "Beloved Mother." The woman was only 36 old when she died in the 1940s. One day, about 15 years ago, when my mother-in-law was still living, I took her to that cemetery to place flowers on her late husband's grave, and I commented about the heart-shaped headstone.
"Oh, I remember that case," said my mother-in-law. "She died from a botched abortion. She and her husband already had 6 or 7 kids and didn't think they could deal with another one. But abortion was illegal back then, so she went to some quack and ended up dying from it."
I left the cemetery shocked and furious that a bunch of self-righteous male politicians had put this woman in the position of facing such unacceptable risks. In the end, her 6 or 7 children were left motherless.
We must never forget what it was like before Roe vs. Wade.

Barbara Cindric
Barbara Cindric6 years ago

You take a life u give yours in return. It's a no-brainer!!