College Student Invents IUD-Inserting Gun for Non-Doctors to Use

National   |   Claire Chretien   |   Sep 4, 2013   |   11:26AM   |   Washington, DC

Tulane University student Ben Cappiello has developed a new contraption to insert intrauterine devices. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) can cause very early abortions by preventing tiny, developing humans—“fertilized eggs,” as abortion advocates euphemistically say—from implanting in the womb. These abortion-causing devices can cause dangerous complications and serious side effects, such as hemorrhaging, decreased libido, abdominal pain, ovarian cysts, and migraines.

The Times Picayune reports:

In deciding what to pursue, [Cappiello] recalled talking to his mother, a nurse practitioner and nursing professor at the University of New Hampshire, about conferences she attended where people discussed the high effectiveness but complex insertion procedure and low usage rates of intrauterine devices for birth control.

“I was just a naive engineering student,” said Cappiello, who was thinking, ” ‘I can come up with a better way to do it.’ ” He started working on a solution, a single device that replaces five separate
tools and inserts IUDs with button pushes to complete each step.

The device is called Bioceptive, and it’s essentially an IUD-inserting gun:

Unlike traditional IUD insertion, the inserter doesn’t require the medical training of obstetrician-gynecologists or nurse practitioners and seeks to avoid pitfalls such as perforations of the uterus or accidental, often undetected, expulsion of the IUD.

It eliminates steps. Instead of a potentially painful sharp clamp for pulling the uterus into position for insertion, it uses a suction mechanism. It still takes a health care provider to use it, but Cappiello and Khurana argue it’s much simpler to learn for a wider range of caregivers.

The inserter doesn’t look particularly welcoming, and the creator’s focus on simply improving the efficiency of this abortion-causing device isn’t comforting. Essentially, this device doesn’t holistically address the needs of women.



Fertility isn’t a disease for which we need to be quickly and callously treated. Abortifacient birth control isn’t a magical way to improve women’s lives or encourage men to respect our bodies.

There are far more effective methods of family planning that carry fewer risks and don’t cause early abortions. And thankfully, these methods don’t involve Mr. Cappiello’s abortion-device-inserting gun.

Life News Note: Claire Chretien is a junior at The University of Alabama. She is the President of Bama Students for Life. This article originally appeared at Counter Cultured and is reprinted with permission.