If you’re considering an abortion, it’s important that you be as informed as possible. It’s strongly recommended that you take a professional quality pregnancy test. You should also have an ultrasound to determine the duration of the pregnancy and if it is a viable intrauterine pregnancy.
AAA Life Services can assist you with all of this without charge. Our office is right across from Clarion University in Clarion Pa. Stop in, or give us a call at 814-226-7007.
An early abortion method typically requires local anesthesia. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus and a syringe is connected to the end of the tube that suctions out the embryo. This method may be performed manually or with a machine.
Later in the 1st trimester, the doctor opens the cervix with thin rods made of seaweed inserted into the cervix. Then a tube is connected to a suction machine that pulls the body of the fetus apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may then use a curette, a loop-shaped knife, to scrape the fetal parts out of the uterus.
With this method, the body of the fetus is much larger, and too big to be broken up by suction. It will not pass through the suction tubing. Therefore, the cervix must be opened wider. This is done by inserting thin rods made of seaweed into the uterus a day or two before the abortion. The doctor then pulls out the fetal parts with forceps. The skull of the fetus is crushed to ease removal.
3rd Trimester or Late-Term Abortion
These procedures typically take place over 2-3 days, use local anesthesia, and are associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother. The fetal heart is injected with a medication that stops the heart and causes the fetus to die to avoid a live birth. The remainder of the procedure is similar to the method used in the 2nd trimester.
In another method, the cervix is stretched using the thin seaweed rods. The doctor will pull the fetus out up to its head. Here, the physician will likely need to crush the skull of the fetus for removal, so the fetus can be extracted completely.
Note: The above information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice. At AAA Life Services, we offer peer counseling and accurate information about pregnancy options. We, however, do not perform or refer for abortion services, and we provide a written disclaimer to this effect to individuals requesting services.