Suction abortion - in which the fetus is dismembered (torn apart) by a
vaccuum machine - is the most common early surgical technique.
The cervix (the neck of the womb) must be stretched open to allow the
surgeon to insert a plastic tube into the womb. Sharp-edged openings
near the tip of the tube help to dismember the baby so the parts are
small enough to be sucked out. The surgeon then uses the suction tube
to evacuate the placenta from the womb. The remains of the baby are
deposited in a jar for disposal.
This is the technique that abortion promoters call "safe, early
abortion". However, the vast majority of abortions are performed on
healthy young women for non-medical reasons, and abortionists rarely
explain the health risks to their clients.
Vacuum aspiration accounts for around 90% of abortions in
England and Wales up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, and it is used for
around half of abortions performed between 13 and 19 weeks. When used
at 13-19 weeks, it is often necessary to use other instruments to
remove or crush parts of the baby that are too large to pass through