Abortion Methods

This is Abortion

A graphic and disturbing video showing the end product of abortion

The following video is copyright of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform and reproduced with permission.

Viewer discretion is advised



The Silent Scream - the classic 1984 video that first showed abortion

The first ever film which showed a child in the act of being aborted via suction. It is the real-time, ultrasound imaging of an actual abortion during the first trimester of a 12 week baby girl (or fetus). The physician who conducted this procedure had already personally performed close to 10,000 abortions, but had never been able to see what occurred inside the womb. After viewing the film in the editing room, he was so appalled that he never again did another abortion. The film’s narrator, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, is a former abortionist who was himself responsible for 60,000 abortions before becoming pro-life. During the first 10 minutes he describes abortion methods. The actual abortion ultrasound imaging begins 10 minutes into the film.

Warning: this film is disturbing. Viewer Discretion is advised




First Trimester Chemical Abortions (RU-486)

These abortions are done by taking mifepristone and misoprostol pills. Mifepristone(also known as RU-486) works by thinning the lining of the uterus to the point where an embryo or fetus cannot attach and live. It also works to detach the placenta and soften the cervix in preparation for the expulsion of the child. Misoprostol is then taken and works by inducing strong uterine contractions which expel the child's corpse. This method can be used until 10 weeks gestation. 

For more information on RU-486, click here

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First Trimester Suction Abortions (Aspiration)

These abortions are performed using a suction device that functions like a vacuum. A tube attached to a vacuum engine is inserted into the uterus and turned on. The powerful suction rips apart the preborn child and his or her remains are deposited into a container. The abortionist then uses a sharp instrument called a curette to scrape any remaining pieces of the child out of the mother's uterus. This method is usually used between 5 and 13 weeks gestation.

For more information on suction abortions, click here.



Second Trimester Surgical Abortions (Dilation and Evacuation)

These abortions are performed over at least two visits to an abortionist. At the first visit, laminaria, a type of sterilized seaweed is inserted into the cervix. The laminaria absorbs water, expands, and dilates the cervix. 24 to 48 hours later, the mother returns to the abortionist who will then remove the laminaria and proceed with the abortion. The actual abortion involves using a sharp clamp to grasp and dismember the fetus's body by tearing apart his or her limbs and torso. Because at this point the head is too large to be removed through the cervix without further dilation, the clamp is used to crush the head and then remove it piece by piece from the uterus. Finally, a curette is used to scrape any remaining pieces of the child out of the mother's uterus. This method is usually used between 13 and 24 weeks gestation. 

For more information on dilation and evacuation(D & E) abortions, click here.



Third Trimester Surgical Abortions (Induction)

These abortions are performed over three to four days. The abortion begins by injecting potassium chloride into the fetus's body so that his or her heart will stop. The abortionist then places laminaria into the cervix to begin the dilation process. After one day, the woman returns to the abortionist who replaces the laminaria to continue dilation of the cervix. He also checks the fetal heartbeat. If it is not detected the potassium chloride has killed the child. If a fetal heartbeat is detected, a second injection of the poison is administered. 24 to 48 hours after the second visit the woman will return to the clinic to deliver her dead child just as she would if she had not had an abortion. This method is used from 25 weeks gestation onward. 

For more information on induction abortions, click here