ELI5: How does abortion work?

Suction Aspiration/Suction Curettage A suction aspiration type of abortion is very common in the first trimester. The mother’s cervix is dilated so that a cannula, a hollow plastic tube, can be inserted into the uterus. It is connected to a vacuum pump. This vacuum suction is 29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner. the abortionist runs the tip of the cannula along the surface of the uterus causing the baby to be dislodged and sucked into the tube – either whole or in pieces.” The amniotic fluid, placenta, and other body parts are then also sucked out and collected in a jar. A suction curettage type of abortion involves a curette, a hook-shaped knife. The curette scrapes out the uterus for any more parts, and a suction machine goes through the uterus once again to make sure all parts have been removed. A Dilation and Evacuation, or D&E abortion A pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them. Salt Poisoning (Saline Injection) After 16 weeks, a needle full of a salt solution is injected through the mother’s abdomen so as to reach the baby’s sac. The baby is not merely poisoned when he swallows the solution; rather, his outer layer of skin is also burned off. The baby will also not die right away, as it usually takes over an hour for him to die. The mother usually gives birth to a dead or dying baby before 24 hours later. Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion Chemicals are injected into the amniotic sac, and prostaglandin is inserted into the vagina. The uterus contracts intensely to push out the baby. These contractions are not only more intense than normal contractions, but also quite violent. These contractions by the mother crush the baby and often kill the unborn child in delivery, and have even decapitated some.This method is not frequently used today, as the above D&E procedures is now preferred. Dilation and Extraction (D&X) D&X partial birthThis form of abortion, now illegal, is also known as the partial-birth abortion. The procedure takes place in five steps, with the abortionist first grabbing the baby’s legs with forceps. Next, the baby’s leg is pulled out of the birth canal. The entire body is then delivered, except for the head. The abortionist then jams scissors into the baby’s skull. The scissors are opened to enlarge the skull. And lastly, after the scissors are removed, a suction catheter is inserted. The baby’s brains are sucked out and the skull collapses. The dead baby is now completely removed.

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