The abortion industry is trying to recruit new doctors to abort unborn babies in the U.S. by promoting what they claim is a simple, easy “handheld device” called a manual vacuum aspirator (MVA).
Abortionists say they are overwhelmed by patients traveling for abortions from pro-life states, and they need help. But the real problem is not too few abortion providers. It’s that so many resources are being dumped into aborting unborn babies instead of actually helping pregnant mothers and babies in need.
According to Fox News, one pro-abortion group, MYA Network, is promoting what it claims to be a simple solution to the problem: the manual vacuum aspirator. The pro-abortion group currently is working in 16 states to train primary care doctors to abort first-trimester unborn babies using the “small, handheld device.”
The abortion works by inserting a cannula, or plastic tube, in through the pregnant mother’s cervix and then using the MVA to suction the unborn baby out of the womb.
Jonathan Abbamonte of the Population Research Institute described it this way in 2015:
Manual vacuum aspirators are murderous machines used to abort babies between three and fourteen weeks gestation. They are large, unsophisticated syringes operated by hand that work by suctioning the fetus from its mother’s womb. The baby’s delicate body is crushed and sliced as it is aspirated through a long cannula. After the abortion procedure, the baby parts are emptied into a bowl of water or vinegar and inspected to insure that all pieces are there and accounted for. One must wonder how a “doctor” can can justify abortion as he or she inspects baby parts floating in a pool of vinegar.
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In an interview with The Guardian, MYA Network co-founder and abortionist Joan Fleischman, of New York, said she would like to see doctors all across the country learn to use the abortion device.
Fleischman said women are traveling to Manhattan from pro-life states like Texas for elective abortions when doctors nearer to them could be providing “easy and simple” abortions with the MVA.
“Usually if somebody needs unusual medical care, they are willing to fly around the world for it – like for advanced neurosurgery or something. It’s always struck me as incredible that people are flying to me for the most simple procedure,” she told the newspaper.
Soon, the pro-abortion group plans to publish an online curriculum and begin in-person abortion trainings to recruit more doctors to abort unborn babies.
“The number of clinicians who could be trained would be limitless,” MYA Network member Michele Gomez told The Guardian. “There are so many clinicians out there who want to do something to help but just don’t know how, and this information and support could be a gamechanger.”
But the number of doctors willing to abort unborn babies in elective abortions is much smaller than abortion activists claim. According to the report, less than 10 percent of primary care doctors do elective abortions. Most medical professionals recognize that their job is to heal, not kill, their patients, and babies in the womb are valuable second patients who deserve care.
Also notable, abortions are more dangerous for mothers than what the abortion industry often claims. Abortion activists say the MVA abortion method is safe and “gentle,” but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never approved the device. However, the agency has received reports of complications due to the abortion device, including uterine perforation and at least one woman’s death.
Pro-abortion groups have a history of encouraging people without medical training to use MVAs to abort unborn babies, too – raising even more safety concerns. In 2019, LifeNews reported about a disturbing series of abortion training workshops using papayas to simulate a pregnant mother’s womb.
During one workshop, New York City abortionist Zoey Thill joked to Vice about perforating women’s uteruses:
The narrow part of the papaya, where the stem would be, is like the cervix, she said. The broader portion of the papaya is like the upper area of the uterus known as the fundus—and it’s that part we would want to avoid puncturing with our tools when, in just a few minutes, we would practice performing an aspiration abortion on our own papayas.
But if we did by accident, that was OK, Thill said. “We’re not going to shame perforators,” she reassured.
A uterine perforation is extremely serious and potentially life-threatening. But Thill treated the serious complication as if it was no big deal.
Thill also mentioned to Vice that some use the MVA to teach people how to do abortions on themselves at home.
She later added, “The more I can minimize the way we think of this as a ‘dangerous’ procedure, the more people will have better abortion experiences.”
But abortions are dangerous for the mother as well as her unborn baby. Women have been seriously injured and died as a result of abortion complications, including a perforated uterus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 500 women died from abortions in the United States under Roe v. Wade. In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, four women died as a result of complications from legal induced abortion, according to the CDC.