So I’ve noticed that a widely popular tactic used by Anti Choicers is to focus on condemning instillation abortions instead of actually discussing methods that are in common practice - because it’s so much easier to scare people away from abortion by pointing out the horrors of an outdated method than it is to find fault with the safe, modern methods actually in use today.
So I’m here to clear up all your misconceptions and provide with you with a resource to look back to the next time someone yips about how awful saline abortions are, I’ll also discuss dilation and extraction abortions here.
What is an instillation abortion?
Instillation abortion is a method of abortion where a solution, either saline or prostaglandin, is injected into the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus. After several hours this causes contractions and the cervix to dilate, expelling the fetus and placenta. Dilation and Curettage may be performed afterwards to remove any remaining tissue.
When are instillation abortions performed?
Instillation abortions are generally performed between the 16th and 24th week of pregnancy, during which less than 5.3% of abortions occur. Out of those not even 5.3% of abortions, .1 - .7% are instillation abortions.
What are the risks of having an instillation abortion?
It’s important to keep in mind that the later the abortion, the more risks there are - this applies regardless of the method used. Saline is the safer, but may require a second shot and has a small risk of serious injury if the solution enters the blood stream. Prostaglandin works more quickly, but is even more likely to need a second injection and can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. There have been two documented cases of instillation abortions failing and resulting in live birth.
What is a dilation and extraction abortion?
Dilation and extraction abortions are often referred to as partial birth abortions by Anti Choicers and the uneducated. During this procedure medication is administered days before to gradually dilate the cervix, when the procedure begins the fetus is rotated into breech position and delivered feet first. An instrument is used to puncture the base of the skull, the contents of which are suctioned out and the head collapses enough for it to be removed from the uterus.
When are dilation and extraction abortions performed?
Dilation and extraction abortions were often performed between week 19 and week 26 of pregnancy, during which less than 5.3% of abortions are performed. However, they are no longer performed due to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, although I believe exemptions are made for life saving situations.
What methods of abortion are commonly used today?