Dilation and Curettage
Dilation and curettage (D&C) is used to treat various uterine
conditions in non-pregnant women. However, as an abortion procedure it
dismembers the unborn child.
The mother's cervix (neck of the womb) has to be stretched open
prior to the abortion. This can cause damage leading to the death or
premature delivery of a baby in a subsequent pregnancy. According to
doctors, in Britain steps are now taken in National Health Service
hospital abortions to soften the cervix to minimise this risk. However,
this is not required by law and it is not known whether such measures
are taken in private sector abortions.
To check if any fetal parts might still be in the womb a nurse
has to examine the baby's remains, but the abortion may still be
incomplete with risks of haemorrhage and sepsis (Abortion hazards, GP, 11 May 1979).