Partial birth abortion

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Partial birth abortion [Intact Dilation and Extraction Surgery/IDX]

Partial birth abortion is committed on babies after 21 weeks gestation, in a three - day process. On the first day the mother's cervix is prepped, anesthetized and dilated to 9 - 11 mm. Between five and seven dilapan hydroscopic dilators are placed in the cervix to increase the dilation. On the second day the dilators are removed, the cervix is sterilized and anesthetized, and between twenty-five to thirty dilapan hydroscopic dilators are placed in her cervix. On the third day, the dilapans are removed and the cervix is sterilized and anesthetized. 10 IU Pitocin [a mammalian hormone that works as a neurotransmitter, and induces labour] is injected intramuscularly into the mother. The cervix is gripped by a tenaculum [a grasping device that holds the cervix in place for the abortion], an ultrasound is used to check the orientation of the foetus, and a large forcep is pushed through the cervix and vagina canals into the uterus.

The abortionist uses the forceps to deliver the entire baby, but leaves its head inside the cervix. The baby's body is spine-side up, and the abortionist uses his hands to hold the baby's body and feel, with a pair of curved, blunt, Metzenbaum scissors the place where the spine meets the baby's head.

The abortionist then forces the scissors into the back of the baby's skull, and once they are inside the skull, he spreads the scissors to enlarge the opening. Then, the abortionist withdraws the scissors and uses a suction catheter [surgical vacuum] to suck out the contents of the baby's skull. Finally, with the catheter still in place, the baby's head is removed from the cervix and the vacuum is used to remove the placenta, and suction the inside of the uterine cavity.[1]

History of Partial birth abortion in NZ


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