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How Abortions Are Performed.

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How Abortions Are Performed Abortion procedures are usually performed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, the first trimester. Most abortions take place in the second trimester of pregnancy, because the pregnancy was not diagnosed earlier, abortion services were not available, or the pregnancy has become unhealthy or unmanageable. Second trimester abortions are more frequent among women who are teenaged, single, and pregnant for the first time. An embryo grows and becomes more physically developed with each week that passes. In Canada scientific evidence indicates the stage of pregnancy at which abortions are customarily performed that the embryo or fetus has no awareness of pain. ...read more.


During the abortion procedure, the woman lies on an examining table with her feet in stirrups. The doctor inserts a speculum into the vagina. The woman's cervix is numbed with an injection of local anesthetic or she is put to sleep briefly with a general anesthetic. The physician gradually widens the cervix; a tube is inserted and is attached to an aspirator machine. The suction is turned on and when the uterus is empty, the suction is stopped. The walls of the uterus are scraped with an instrument to make sure no tissue from the embryo or placenta remains. ...read more.


The more tested means of non-surgical abortion is the French pill Mifepristone. This method of early abortion is widely used in France, Britain, Sweden and China, and has now been tested for use in the United States. RU 486 is not available in Canada, apparently because of the manufacturer's concerns about anti-abortion opposition After the abortion procedure many women experience bleeding. The length of time bleeding occurs varies greatly with each patient. While others experience spotting, staining, or menstrual type bleeding on and off for several weeks. Most women are able to return to normal activities after the abortion. Three weeks after the abortion, the patient has an exam. The doctor encourages the patient to obtain birth control. ...read more.

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