S Chandrasekhar, who was in charge of implementing India’s family planning program, describes a first trimester abortion as it was done in India:
“Abortion by suction or aspiration was perfected in the Soviet Union. Today this method has come into vogue in many parts of the world besides the communist countries.… A sterile hollow metal tube (with a little window -like aperture on the side near its tip) is inserted through the cervix to reach the top of the uterine cavity. This hollow aspirator is then connected by transparent plastic tubing to a suction bottle. The suction pump…is then started, reaching between 1/2 and At/m of negative pressure. While gently sweeping the aspirator around the uterus, the surgeon can tell when he has made contact with the embryo by observing the bits of foetal matter that appear in the transparent tubing. The aspirator is worked over the area in the uterus where the embryo is attached until all the tissue has been sucked into the tubing. The operation lasts no more than three or four minutes with only a slight loss of blood…
The present abortion methods are so safe and simple that they are no more hazardous than a tooth extraction.”
S Chandrasekhar India’s Abortion Experience 1972 – 1992 (Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press, 1994) 38 – 39
Below are the results of a suction abortion at 8 weeks.
And at 10 weeks:Share on Facebook