Abortion Methods

Methods used during the first three months:

  • The "Morning-After Pill" Abortion (Emergency Contraception): Given within 72 hours of sexual intercourse, this is a mega-dose of progesterone. It makes the lining of the womb inhospitable to the fertilized embryo, making it difficult for the baby to attach. This causes an early abortion.
  • Suction Curettage Abortion Method: A small plastic tube about the size of a straw is connected to a vacuum-like machine. The abortionist suctions around the uterus, tearing away the baby from its lining, into pieces small enough to pass through the tube and into the machine. Dismembered fetal parts are then reassembled to assure a complete abortion.
  • Dilation and Curettage Abortion Method (D & C): Similar to the first method, except the baby is bigger and a sharp spoon-shaped knife (curette) is inserted into the womb to cut the baby apart into small enough pieces and to scrape the lining of the uterus. Again the pieces are suctioned out and must be reassembled.
  • RU-486 (The Abortion Pill): This is actually several pills. The first, a steroid, prevents the formation of the placenta so that the baby starves to death. Then another drug is taken to induce labor, causing the fetus to be born. Accompanied by heavy cramping and bleeding like that of a heavy period. This procedure needs three visits to the abortionist's office and takes several days to complete (average is 9.4 days). If any fetal tissue remains, a surgical abortion is required.
  • Methotrexate: Similar to RU-486, except the drug is administered by a "shot". A second drug is inserted into the vagina to trigger labor and expulsion of the baby.

Methods used during the later stages of pregnancy (second & third trimesters)

  • Dilation and Evacuation (D & E): Similar to a D & C abortion. The child is larger and must be dismembered by a curette; also the head is crushed and removed by forceps. Primarily used on the 13 to 20 week old baby.
  • Saline Solution: This is a less popular method at this time. A concentrated salt solution is injected into the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. The baby swallows and inhales this solution and dies 1 to 2 hours later from poisoning, dehydration, hemorrhaging of internal organs and convulsions. The mother then goes into labor and delivers a dead or dying baby.
  • Prostaglandin Abortion: Hormones are given that induce labor, and the mother goes into a labor that is usually violent and very painful because of the high concentrations of the hormone. Not used much because of the danger of delivering a live baby.
  • Hysterotomy Abortion Method: An early C-section is performed, usually after the baby has been killed by brain aspiration, intercardiac injection (causes the baby to have a heart attack), or cutting the umbilical cord and allowing the baby to bleed to death.
  • Partial Birth Abortion (Dilation and Extraction or D & X): After the mother dilates, the entire body of the baby, except for the head pulled out of the mother. While the baby is still alive, a blunt, curved Metzenbaum scissors is forced into the base of the skull and are spread to enlarge the opening. The brain is then suctioned out with a suction catheter. The head collapses and the baby is removed the rest of the way from the mother's birth canal.
  • Intercardiac Injection: An ultrasound is used to locate the baby's heart. Fluid is then injected into the heart, causing a heart attack, and killing the preborn baby. Used in hysterotomy abortions: also commonly used when multiple babies are present in order to kill a few that the others may have a better chance of living, or when a baby is "defective" in some way.

Important: Please do not sign any waiver excusing or releasing the doctor and his or her assistants and the clinic from any and all claims arising out of or connected with the performance of this operation and any other actions taken by them. Such waivers are invalid, but they may be used to discourage you or your next of kin from initiating legal action. If you are permanently injured by an abortion, you or your family may have sufficient grounds for filing a malpractice suit against those responsible for the damage.

The death rate associated with abortion is 3 times higher than childbirth.
~ American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2004;

In medical practice, there are few surgical procedures given so little attention and so underrated in its potential hazards as abortion. It is a commonly held view that complications are inevitable.
~Abortionist Warren Hern, Abotion Practice (2nd edition)