Local Abortifacient

The second method of inducing abortion was by the use of local abortifa-cients. This involves the introduction of a certain chemical intravaginally or

Theraputic Abortion
Figure 20.2 A 23-year-old female who died 7 hours after a therapeutic abortion. Death was caused by perforation of the uterus. Two liters of blood were found in the retroperitoneal space.

in the cervix. Potassium permanganate was commonly used. The tablet was inserted in the cervix, causing ulceration of the cervix or vaginal fornix with bleeding. This method of abortion was not very effective.

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