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How is a D&C abortion performed?

In a D&C (dilation and curettage) abortion, typically performed in the first trimester, a surgical instrument called a curette­ — a sharp, looped knife — is inserted into the uterus to scrape its walls. The curette is then used to dismember the fetus and placenta.


Willke, John, MD and Barbara Willke. Abortion: Questions & Answers. Cincinnati: Hayes, 2003.

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