There are many methods of abortion, all
of them being heinous, cruel, and inhumane ways of ending a life that
has barely begun. This page will provide a little bit of an insight on
different methods used at different stages of pregnancy. What would be
termed a "fetus" by the medical world will be referred to as a "baby"
as it deserves every shred of human dignity possible. Most abortion
here on methods used came from Abortion InfoNet. However, if you
wish to research them more for yourself, go to a search engine such as
Yahoo and type in "abortion methods" or something of the sort. This is
not a complete, exhaustive, or comprehensive list and/or description of
No abortion method is 100% safe or 100% fail-proof. There have been
cases where an abortion was performed and the baby was delivered still
alive (example: Gianna Jessen), or where pieces of the baby's body
remained in the mother and caused infection.
The first trimester is when it is reccomended that abortions be
performed as it is when the procedure is the easiest to do, and the
cheapest. Some types of abortions performed in the first
Not a very popular method, but there nonetheless.
Methotrexate is injected and attacks the cells surrounding the baby.
The baby dies from deprivation of food and oxygen. A few days later,
another injection is administered which induces labor and removes the
baby from the womb. Methotrexate is toxic and produces ill side effects
such as nausea, anemia, increased chances of breast cancer and others.
methotrexate: "A toxic antimetabolite, C20H22N8O5, that
acts as a folic acid antagonist to interfere with cellular reproduction
and is used in the treatment of psoriasis, certain cancers, and certain
inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis." 
Suction Aspiration (vacuum curettage)
THis method makes up about 98% of first trimester
abortions. The cervix is dilated and a suction tube with sharp
cutting edge is inserted and rips the baby to pieces and sucks out the
remains. The most frequent post-abortion complication occurs with this
method, being that of infection if any tissue is left behind. Another
possible risk is damage to the cervix and damage to/rupturing of the
Dilation and Curettage(D&C)
This method of abortion is performed in the first or early second
trimester. The cervix is dilated and a loop shaped steel knife is
inserted. The baby's body is cut to pieces and taken from the womb. The
chances of experiencing Blood loss and/or uterine perforation are high
in this method.
2nd Trimester abortions are more tricky
and expensive as the baby is more developed and bigger. However, they
are still performed. Some methods for 2nd Trimester are...
& Evacuation (D&E)
D&E is similar to the D&C. After the cervix is dilated,
forceps (an instrument similar to tweezers) are used to remove pieces
of the babies body from the baby's body and then evacuate them from the
uterus. Often, the skull is hardened by this time and has to be crushed
to be removed from the mother.
Saline Amniocentesis (Salt poisoning)
Saline the chemical name for salt, the abbreviation in the table
of elements being "Na".
A needle is injected into the abdomen, and 50-250ml of amniotic liquid
. This is replaced by a concentrated salt that
burns away and deteriorates the baby's skin13
. Within three
days the mother goes into labor and delivers a dead, burned baby14
3rd Trimester abortions are more rare than 1st or 2nd Trimester.
However, they still exist and the most commonly known and, I believe,
most criminal, is the Partial Birth Abortion. Labor is induced in the
mother and using forceps and guiding by ultrasound, the abortionist
grasps the baby by the leg and delivers all but the head. At this time,
the abortionist inserts scissors at the base of the baby's skull and
jams it open, then inserting a vaccuum tube and suctioning out the
brains. After this, the baby is delivered.
 Testimony of Gianna
Jessen, given before a House sub-committee