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Abortion Techniques Described

The abortionist inserts a hollow plastic tube into the dilated uterus. "This tube is attached to a suction machine. The suction machine is turned on. The uterus is emptied by suction." * The suction tears the baby's body as he/she is being pulled through the hose.
*Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Abortion: Questions and Answers August 1991.

Dilitation and curettage (D and C)
After dialation of the cervix, a ring forceps is inserted into the womb and the baby is extracted in pieces. Then the abortionist inserts a curette, "a rod shaped instrument with a sharp edged spoon on the end"*, into the uterus to scrape the after-birth (placenta) from the wall of the womb and confirm that the womb is empty. Bleeding is usually profuse.
* Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc. Abortion, A Woman's Guide Pocket Book Press 1973.

Dilitation and evacuation (D and E):
Used after 12 weeks. The baby is close to a pound and too large to fit through the cervix. The baby "must be removed with instruments and suction curettage."* A pliers-like instrument is needed because the baby's bones are calcified, as is the skull. The abortionist inserts the instrument into the uterus, seizes a leg or other part of the body and, with a twisting motion, tears it from the baby's body. The spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them from the womb. Body parts are then reassembled and counted to make certain that the entire baby has been removed from the womb.
*Planned Parenthood Federation ofAmerica, Inc. Abortion: Questions and Answers, August 1991.

Saline injection:("Salting Out"*)
This is used after 16 weeks. A long needle is inserted through the mother's abdomen into the baby's sac. Some fluid is removed and a strong salt solution is injected. The solution is swallowed and "breathed" and slowly poisons the baby. He/she kicks and jerks violently as he/she is literally being burned alive. "The uterus begins to contract, as in labor. The contractions continue until it pushes out the fetal and placental material"* PP of NYC, Inc. Abortion, A Woman's Guide Pocket Book Press 1973.

Used mainly in the last three months of pregnancy, the womb is entered by surgery, as in a caesarean section. An incision is made through the abdomen. "The fetus and placenta are removed, and the incision is closed with stitches."* The tiny baby is allowed to die by neglect or direct act.
*Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Abortion: Questions and Answers August 1991.

Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion
This form of abortion uses chemicals, developed by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Co., which cause the uterus to contract intensely, pushing out the developing baby. In one article, one of the complications listed with this method was "live birth." In fact, the two most "dreaded" complications for an abortionist are a dead mother or a live baby.

Dilitation and Extraction (D and X - Partial-Birth Abortion)
After three days of preparations, the abortionist places an ultrasound transducer on the mother's abdomen and locates the child's legs and feet. The abortionist then uses a large forceps to grasp one of the baby's legs. He pulls firmly, forcing the child into a feet-down position. He continues pulling until the baby's leg is drawn into the birth canal.

Next, using his hands instead of forceps, the abortionist delivers the baby's body in a manner similar to a breech birth. First, the child's other leg is delivered, followed by the torso, shoulders, and arms. The baby's head "usually" remains inside the uterus.

The abortionist then performs the last step which Dr. Haskell calls "fetal skull decompression." Using blunt-tipped surgical scissors in a closed position, he pierces the child's head at the base of the skull. He then forces the scissors open to enlarge the skull opening. The abortionist then inserts a suction catheter into the brain and vacuums out the child's brain tissue (in Dr. Haskell's words, "evacuates the skull contents") causing the baby's death.. The skull collapses and the dead baby is removed.

RU486                                                                                                                                                                 The RU 486 procedure requires at least three trips to the abortion facility. In the first visit, the woman is given the RU 486 pills, which block the action of progesterone, the natural hormone vital to maintaining the rich nutrient lining of the uterus. The developing baby starves as the nutrient lining disintegrates. At a second visit 36 to 48 hours later, the woman is given a dose of artificial prostaglandins, usually misoprostol, which initiates uterine contractions to expel the baby. A third visit about 2 weeks later determines if the abortion has taken place. At least 4% must return for surgical abortions.