Methods of Abortion

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[1]. 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 abortion methods.

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[3]), or where pieces of the baby's body remained in the mother and caused infection.

1st Trimester

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 trimester are...

Methotrexate Injection

 Not a very popular method, but there nonetheless[1]. 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." [2]

Suction Aspiration (vacuum curettage)

THis method makes up about 98% of first  trimester abortions[1]. 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 uterus.


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

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...

Dilation & 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 is removed12. 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."[1]


3rd Trimester

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.

Footnotes
[1]Abortion InfoNet
[2] Dictionary.com
[3] Testimony of Gianna Jessen, given before a House sub-committee