A common first trimester abortion procedure is the suction and curettage method. The abortionist begins by dilating the mum’s cervix until it is large enough to allow a cannula to be inserted into her uterus. The cannula is a hollow plastic tube that is connected to a vacuum-type pump by a flexible hose.
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. Amniotic fluid and the placenta are likewise suctioned through the tube and, together with the other body parts, end up in a collection jar. Any remaining parts are scraped out of the uterus with a surgical instrument called a curette.
Following that, another pass is made through the uterus with the suction machine to help insure that none of the baby’s body parts have been left behind. The contents of the collection jar are examined to assure that all fetal parts and an adequate amount of tissue commensurate with gestational age are present.
Dilation and Evacuation
A common abortion procedure performed in the second trimester is Dilatation and Evacuation (D&E), in which the child is dismembered with forceps. Standard abortion textbooks such as Warren Hern’s Abortion Practice describe the procedure in detail.