Salt Poisoning

  • Performed during the 2nd or beginning of the 3rd trimester of pregnancy
  • A saline solution is inserted into the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby
  • The baby breaths in this solution and painfully dies over a few hours from poisoning and dehydration
  • The baby’s skin is burned off and the mother delivers the baby 24-48 hours after it dies

Suction and Curettage

  • Performed during the 1st trimester of pregnancy
  • A vacuum-like tube is placed inside the mother’s uterus
  • The baby is sucked into this tube as a whole or in different pieces and is placed into a jar
  • The jar is inspected to make sure all the body parts of the baby are there
  • Any pieces of the baby left over are scraped out of the uterus with a curette
  • The vacuum tube is again placed inside the mother to ensure there are no body parts left inside


  • Performed during the 13th week of pregnancy
  • Forceps are an instrument that looks like a pair of scissors
  • Baby is torn apart from the womb
  • Forceps used to break the baby’s skull to make it easier to pull through the mother
  • The vacuum tube is placed inside the mother to suck up any remaining body parts of the baby


  • Performed early in pregnancy
  • Uses drugs to kill the baby
  • 2 different drugs are used in North America: Methotrexate and misoprostol
  • Methotrexate is an injection used to stop the growth of the baby
  • Misoprostol are tablets used about a week later to cause contractions in order to push the baby out
Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Different Kinds of Abortion," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019,

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