Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Abortive Instruments Through Time
all information from the grantham collection
WARNING: THE LAST PICTURE SHOWS A MODEL OF WHAT THE INSTRUMENT WILL DO AND IS THEREFORE SICKENING. IF YOU ARE LIVING IN YOUR PARENTS HOUSE MAKE SURE THEY APPROVE YOU SEEING THIS IMAGE.
JUST SEEING AND READING ABOUT THESE INSTRUMENTS CAN BE DIFFICULT, THEY SHOW THE HISTORY OF ABORTION - IT WAS NOT JUST A TRIVIAL ACTION. THE PURPOSE OF THESE INSTRUMENTS WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT.
I will not show all of the instruments, only a select few. To see more, visit the above link.
FOR CLARIFICATION: THESE INSTRUMENTS ARE NO LONGER IN USE TODAY ACCORDING TO MY KNOWLEDGE, AT LEAST IN THE UNITED STATES.
A. R. Simpson's Basilysts: These abortion instruments were screwed into the baby's head. Once inside the head, the handle was pushed down allowing a sharp knife to come out and cut the skull into pieces.
It is believed that this abortion instrument was used to turn the baby around in the uterus. It works by inserting the acorn-like device deep into the baby's mouth. The baby swallows it. After some time, it goes down to the stomach. When the cord is pulled, sharp spikes stab into the baby's belly. The baby can then be forced around and down, making the abortion easier to perform.
Braun's Crainoclast: This abortion instrument was applied to the baby's head and then twisted, causing portions of the skull to rip off.
Holmes' Perforators: These abortion instruments were involved in the extraction of the baby by collapsing the skull. The joint mechanism allowed the point to be opened within the skull.
The Lollini: This perforator was used to perform a craniotomy on the baby as the preliminary process in collapsing the skull, which would allow subsequent extraction.
Van Huevel's Destructive Forceps with Chainsaw: for dividing the head of a baby from crown to base.
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