unborn baby at 3.5 months in womb

D&C (or sharp curettage) abortions are usually done during the first 12-15 weeks gestation. In a D&C, a tiny yet long, looped shaped knife – called a curette – is inserted into the womb. The abortionist uses the curette to scrape the baby and placenta from the uterine wall. Body parts are then scooped out through the cervix.

Possible Side Effects and Risks of D&C Abortion

Second trimester abortions account for 8% of abortions (~96,000/year). Risks and maternal morbidity rates increase as the gestational age increases.

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