Saline injections could enter woman’s bloodstreams, leading to death

Saline abortions are rarely done today, but were common in the 1970s and 1980s. In these abortions, saline solution was injected into a woman’s womb to poison her baby, who slowly died. Then labor was induced.

An article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology revealed just how dangerous these abortions were.

In the article instructing would-be abortionists how to do saline abortions, it says:

“It is necessary that a woman undergoing a saline abortion remain conscious during salt injection so that her reactions can be monitored. Emergency measures must be taken at the first sign of shock. For this may mean that the needle has pierced one of the woman’s blood vessels. Introduction of the salt solution into her bloodstream can lead to rapid convulsions, cardiac failure and death.”

“Fetal Pathology and Mechanisms of Death in Saline Abortion,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 120 (1974), 347-355.


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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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