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Abortion the Cheap and Easy Way
Population Research Institute ^ | 09.01.06 | Joseph A. D'Agostino

Posted on 09/01/2006 3:47:10 PM PDT by Coleus

Dear Colleague:
There is an inexpensive, low-hassle alternative to electric machines for surgical abortion.  Unfortunately, manual vacuum aspirators (MVAs) are becoming more common but have never been examined by the FDA for safety.  Whether you are here or abroad, please e-mail with information about the safety or efficacy of MVAs.
Steven W. Mosher
PRI Weekly Briefing
1 September 2006
Vol. 8, No. 34

Abortion the Cheap and Easy Way
By Joseph A. D'Agostino

When slightly knowledgeable people think of early-term abortion methods, they typically think of a vacuum cutterage machine that purees an unborn child like a strawberry fruit smoothie before the bloody mixture is vacuumed out.  However, the pureeing part is often not necessary.  Newborn infants are well-known for having soft bodies and even soft heads.  In the early stages of pregnancy, an unborn baby is so soft that he can simply be sucked through a tube.  The power of the suction alone will tear apart and crush the child, like putting a new baby on top of a pool drain.  And a cheap, handheld device used to abort unborn children this way is becoming increasingly popular in the United States-despite never being certified as safe.
Electric vacuum aspiration machines exist for this purpose, but so do the cheaper manual vacuum aspirators (MVAs).  MVAs are cheap and easy to use, making them popular for use in the Third World.  They are small, light, and require little maintenance and no electricity.  What better device to use for eliminating children in the remote villages and rural areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America?  You don't even need a doctor.  Plus, instead of having the proceeds go to some Communist Chinese manufacturer, they often go to our very own, North Carolina-based Ipas, an offshoot of Planned Parenthood that is a leading maker of MVAs.
"Because the technology is low-cost and does not require electricity, for example, its use can help make post-abortion care and safe legal abortion available in community-based health care settings, including in remote areas," Ipas itself says.  "MVA [manual vacuum aspiration] can be performed as an outpatient procedure, without the need for operating-room facilities, by physicians or by trained nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners and other midlevel providers.  These qualities help reduce delays women often face in obtaining needed care, which contribute to poor health outcomes."
MVAs aren't used just in the Third World, but in the United States as well.  Says Ipas, "Many providers find MVA particularly suitable for very early abortion (before 7 weeks since the woman's last menstrual period) because its gentle yet effective suction allows for significantly less disruption of the products of conception than typically occurs with electric vacuum aspiration, making it easier to confirm pregnancy termination."  That means the baby's body parts are more readily identifiable because they are left more intact than after electric aspiration or cutterage.  (Please note: You, dear reader, are a product of conception.)
In fact, MVA prevalence in America is on the rise.  "Its use in the United States and other industrialized countries is increasing as providers recognize the benefits this low-technology technique offers even in sophisticated health care settings," says Ipas.  Yet, are MVAs safe?  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), responsible for regulating the sale of medical devices, doesn't know, and hasn't tried to find out.  Like mercury-laden amalgam fillings in teeth, MVAs have been around long enough that they have been grandfathered in.  They never have been, and are not legally required to be, reviewed for safety and efficacy by the FDA.
In a July 20, 2006 response to written questions from Rep. Chris Smith (R.-N.J.), an FDA official wrote, "Regarding what clinical trial data FDA used in approving MVAs, as stated in the answer to #2 above, the devices were legally-marketed prior to May 28, 1976, and therefore, FDA did not perform a pre-market review of these devices."  And, said FDA, none is required as long as newer MVA models don't change too much from the old.  Ipas sells models, such as the MVA Plus, developed long after 1976.  The FDA doesn't know if the new models should have been reviewed, because "manufacturers are primarily responsible for determining whether changes that are made to their device require the submission of" the right form.
As these simple handheld devices suck unborn children out of wombs the world over each day, we have to wonder what they may be doing to the mothers, too.  NOTE: PRI is gathering information about the use of MVAs and would like to hear from knowledgeable people about MVAs' safety and efficacy, whether in America or abroad.  Please e-mail with any information you may have. Joseph A. D'Agostino is Vice President for Communications at the Population Research Institute.  PRI,  P.O. Box 1559,  Front Royal, Va. 22630, USA, Phone: (540) 622-5240 Fax: (540) 622-2728 Email:, Media Contact: Joseph A. D'Agostino (540) 622-5240, ext. 204 Website:

TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionequipment; abortionlist; aspirators; josephadagostino; mva; mvas; poporg; stevenwmosher; suctiondevices; vacuum; vacuumaspirators

1 posted on 09/01/2006 3:47:11 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

2 posted on 09/01/2006 3:47:44 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, geese, algae)
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To: Coleus

I'm really surprised the industry hasn't invited carpet cleaners into the business, after all, they have their own vacuums already, and they can clean up any messes they might make.

3 posted on 09/01/2006 3:52:49 PM PDT by pipecorp ( muhammed .....................8(_o_)8 .................p b & j)
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To: wagglebee

Did you get a ping on this? If not..... here ya go.

4 posted on 09/01/2006 3:57:10 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning)
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To: Coleus

Sick. Absolutely sick.

5 posted on 09/01/2006 3:59:48 PM PDT by RippyO
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To: Coleus

Did you know that you have undoubtably the largest FR homepage ever?

6 posted on 09/01/2006 4:05:08 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning)
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To: Coleus

"Newborn infants are well-known for having soft bodies and even soft heads."

So are glib salesmen for lethal vacuum devices sold as "population control," Mr. D'Agostino.

7 posted on 09/01/2006 4:07:51 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Coleus

You can use them during a power blackout too, I guess. Fiji water, check. Baked beans supply, check. MVA, check.

8 posted on 09/01/2006 4:12:57 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

9 posted on 09/01/2006 4:14:04 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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To: RegulatorCountry

I believe Mr. D'Agostino has written a sarcastic piece here. He works for an organization that supports human life.

10 posted on 09/01/2006 4:15:17 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Coleus


11 posted on 09/01/2006 4:17:36 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Coleus
Isn't efficiency marvelous? /sarcasm.

Reminds me of what I saw in a museum last year.

12 posted on 09/01/2006 4:53:15 PM PDT by labette (Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.)
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To: Coleus

If these are unregulated medical devices (as I assume from the article), what is keeping people from buying them on the internet and using them on all their friends?

13 posted on 09/01/2006 7:11:52 PM PDT by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: wouldntbprudent; Coleus

The book "Our Bodies, Our Selves," published several times in the last 30 years, used to describe how women could use the manual vacuums on themselves and friends for "menstrual regulation." (I haven't read the book's newer editions.)

The surface story was to have shorter or no periods, which would be ethical if there were no pregnancy/fertilization/risk of killing a brand new child.

The feminists who wrote that first book actually did me a favor. When I realized they were saying, but not telling me about what they were saying, I learned an important lesson.

While we can have intersections of common ground, the basics of ethics must predominate. The right not to be killed is the priority of ethics.

The fact anyone would encourage an abortifacient procedure and not admit what they were advocating, that they not only not tell the whole truth, but would *redefine terms* in order to hid what they were doing, was a hard lesson. But it's one that's been repeated over and over through the years.

14 posted on 09/01/2006 7:57:38 PM PDT by hocndoc (
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To: hocndoc
'fertilized egg of one hundred or so cells'


'Intrauterine contraceptive device'

'mass of cells'

'Plan B abortifacient'

15 posted on 09/01/2006 8:06:36 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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