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Abortions: Types | Methods | Aborting Unwanted Pregnancy

Updated on July 27, 2011


Septic Abortion - It is the complete or incomplete termination of pregnancy accompanied by infection, which may be manifested by bloody or purulent flow, fever, or severe hypogastric pain. Most patients are admitted to hospitals with a history of abortive maneuvers such as standing on toes, forcibly crossing legs, and contracting thighs. Septic abortion is a serious problem because of its high incidence and it complications.

Induced Abortion - Induced abortion as defined by WHO (World Health Organization) is the result of some maneuvers carried out deliberately with the intention of pregnancy termination. These maneuvers can be performed by the pregnant women herself or by nurse or doctor on behalf of her. Since the first laws in the early last century, induced abortion has been decriminalized in many first, second or third world countries and legalization of induced abortion in these countries has led to a dramatic decrease in mortality and morbidity rates.

Legal Abortion - Induced abortion when performed under decriminalization laws of the country where it is practiced is considered legal. It should be done with the consent of the pregnant lady, at an accredited institution, and if there is any danger to health or life of the pregnant women because of r*pe or fetal malformations.

Illegal Abortion - Abortion is considered unlawful or illegal when it is carried out against the laws of some country where it is practiced. When abortion is prohibited by law, circumstances dictate that many women seek out midwives or doctors who lend themselves for this purpose. Illegal abortion or aborting unwanted pregnancy illegally becomes really dangerous due it being done in an unaccredited institution or sometimes done in house directly by inexperienced midwives without using sterile techniques causing severe infection complications. These are the reasons why maternal mortality and morbidity in illegal abortions is vastly superior to those of legal abortions. Moreover, illegal abortion is practiced in worst hygienic conditions with limited opportunities to go to an accredited hospital in case of severe medical emergency.


Suction or Vacuum Aspiration - Suction abortion is done between 6th and 12th week of pregnancy. This pregnancy termination method is performed by inserting a tube via the cervix (the entrance to the uterus), which is connected with a powerful vacuum that tears the baby's body as you remove it. Then, with the tube or with a curette (steel curved knife), the abortionist cuts into pieces the placenta separating it from the walls of the uterus and then removing completely.

Dilation and Curettage or D&C - D&C is done in non-pregnant women for both diagnostic and treatment purposes in cases of heavy menstrual bleeding, miscarriage, or pelvic inflammatory disease, but in pregnant women D&C is a form of pregnancy termination method performed in the late first or early second trimester when the baby is too large to be removed by suction. D&C is similar to vacuum aspiration, but instead of breaking up the fetus by suction, gynecological surgeons use a curette or a knife in spoon shape with a sharp point with which the baby is cut into pieces in order to facilitate extraction via the cervix itself. Then, the remaining products of conception are removed with forceps.

Cesarean Section - This pregnancy termination is performed during the last 3 months of pregnancy. It consists of a caesarean section, not in order to save the unborn baby, but to let it die or to kill it directly. This is a major surgery and has frequent complications.

Prostaglandin Abortion - This potent drug, prostaglandalin, is administered to cause violent contractions of the uterus to expel the baby prematurely and let it die. However, sometimes the baby is born alive, which the abortionist believes as one of the “complication of prostaglandin abortion”.

Saline Injection - Saline injections is used only after 16 weeks of pregnancy. The amniotic fluid that protects the baby is removed and instead a concentrated salt solution is injected. The baby swallows this solution this causes death in 12 hours of injecting saline causing poisoning, dehydration, bleeding of the brain and other organs, and convulsions. This painful saline injection produces severe burns on the baby's skin. A few hours later, the mother begins “delivery” and gives birth to a dead or nearly dead baby.

My views on aborting unwanted pregnancy - Above were the painful medical procedures done to abort a baby. Frankly speaking, when I was writing about them, I was in tears just because according to me, aborting an unwanted pregnancy when done due to negligence, low socioeconomic conditions, pressure of family and partner, fear of social expectation (marginalization, truncation of their expectations at the time), lack of affective s*x education, improper use of contraception (use of traditional practices), or when the relationship with your partner is not stable is a really shameful act because abortion simply means killing a life inside the mother’s womb but if an abortion is done due to problems of mother or baby’s health or r*pe or inc*st, then it is a graceful act because at that time by doing an abortion, an abortionist is helping the mother in some way or another. Sometimes, there are cases where it becomes really important to abort the baby due to deterioration of health of mother to save her life.

Teenage abortion - a major sex education glitch
Teenage abortion - a major sex education glitch

Unwanted pregnancy in teenagers can be avoided by:

  • Developing a family-oriented program with proper s*x education and sometimes this must be oriented to the groups according to their needs.
  • The education ministry of each country should enact a law which requires the course of s**ual and reproductive health in all schools.
  • Parents must be frank with their children and teach them about the consequences of early pregnancy on their lives, health, and social life.
  • If in a pre-marital affair which raises the risk of abortions, both partners must use proper protection or follow advanced contraception techniques.


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      babita dhayal 

      4 years ago

      I m pregnant from 7 months nowcwant to abort my child obly because of my huby he is just a animal daily drinks take drugs i don not want to give this type of upbringing to my child i m living this life becayse i m not havingvany other place to go i m already gaving one boy how can i die living my son alone so u hav devuded not to gove birth tocanother baby and spoul his life also god pls forgive me

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      Rajinder Soni 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your comment trusouldj.

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      LaZeric Freeman 

      5 years ago from Hammond

      It seems like if they saw the result, they wouldn't be so quick to ask for an abortion. But some cases, abortion is a preferred form of birth control.

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      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Women are the creators, wether by choice or by force. Our bodies go into baby making mode no matter how the seed was planted. We are like the soil of the earth, we nurture and grow the people of the future. The child should not have to die because of the rapists crime. The mother was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is not only the victim of the rapist but in her post traumatic state she is now a victim to the abortionist. She has been violated twice, and after an abortion she has now violated herself again with the guilt. it does not go away. With assistance the mother can get help and give the child an opportunity to live, maybe with another parent. Just think about it, a child is walking the planet with your eyes and all the goodness of your heart without knowing of the violent beginning. The child is not at fault here, its the rapists fault. HE SHOULD BE PUNISHED NOT THE BABY. WE ARE ALWAYS A MOTHER FIRST. We are the only country who kills more babies than any other.

      It's a tough road but at the end you will heal and be glad that your flesh is still alive somewhere on this planet. Don't allow yourself to be invaded a second time with a surgical procedure.

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      6 years ago

      I can never understand how a mother could kill her child... Even in the name of a medical condition. At least give the sick baby a chance and if God wills that child to go to heaven in His time then let it be. No one has the right to take the life of another for any reason. If a three year old boy had terminal cancer and is given three months to live, does that mother have the right to kill him because he will die anyway? No way! If she did she would go to jail. What is the difference in the womb then? People are becoming more selfish. Pain and sacrifice is a part of life and we have to trust in God in all things because in the end only He alone has control of everything.

    • Nymira profile image


      6 years ago

      Abortion is a silent murder.

    • itakins profile image


      6 years ago from Irl

      Good on you -great hub.

    • Margolyn profile image


      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      It's not the fault of the child who is being nurtured in your body as to how it was conceived. You got a lemon, now make lemonade. See Victimless?? Margolyns hubs, get another perspective on life and death of the innocent.

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      Levertis Steele 

      7 years ago from Southern Clime

      If I do not want my mom, husband, or grandmother, may I kill them? Of course not! If God knows a baby before it is born, then that is a character, a human being! "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee" (Jer. 1:5). Yes, abortion is wrong. I know that some people feel guilty because of it and hurt when it is mentioned, but we cannot save adult feelings and ignore the silent screams of poor babies being slaughtered. It is killing and wrong. If a mother is truly sorrowful, she can be forgiven and have peace of mind. But, please save the children! A woman has a right to her body, but a baby is a body by itself. It has a right to its body. I imagine all of them protest being untimely torn from their mother's womb. Do they have rights? If mom's do not want to be pregnant, most of them know how not to. In minority cases of traumatic situations, that is another hub topic.

      Over a billion babies have been aborted worldwide since the 70's. Is it that hard for us human beings to get control of sexual behaviors? Death row in prisons is a big joke.

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      7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Its looks like killing but what to do if unwanted? Informative hub. Thanks!


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