Msg # 272 Date: 07 Jun 92 18:16:32 To: Everyone Subj: Menstrual Extraction _ EID:f77c 18c

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Msg # 272 Date: 07 Jun 92 18:16:32 From: J-Mag To: Everyone Subj: Menstrual Extraction ____________________________________________________________________________ EID:f77c 18c79200 MSGID: 1:106/100.16 2a325a39 From a pamphlet: WOMENPOWER - DO IT YOURSELF ABORTION - TIME'S UP! HIDDEN HERSTORY In 1969, when abortion was illegal, a group of Chicago women formed a collective to counsel women and help them obtain abortions. They called themselves the Jane Collective. When Jane started out, they were primarily a referral service, giving women phone numbers of abortionists in the area. Because most of the women they served were poor, and because the abortionists depended on Jane for customers, the collective frequently bargained with the provider for a lower price. One day, it was discovered that some of the abortionists onJane's referral list, although competent and safe, were not doctors. If a man without medical training could perform an abortion, why couldn't Jane? One member asked a non-MD abortionist to teach her how to perform an abortion. Once she had learned, she shared her information with the rest of Jane. The collective no longer needed to make referrals or line some man's pockets with money. Jane had learned abortion procedures and there was no going back. This was 1971. From 1969 until 1973, when abortion became legal, any woman at any age of her pregnancy with or without money could obtain a humane, demystified abortion from (Jane) whose safety record for first trimester abortions equalled that of New York State when that state legalized abortions. In Jane's four year history, they helped over 11,000 women obtain abortions. Not bad. Letting go of the belief that we need doctors to perform abortions will set us free. Forming a women's self-help health group will give you a newfound sense of power. A woman's uterus, when not pregnant, contains only menstrual blood. This blood can be legally removed by a self-help group. If a woman is pregnant, her uterus will contain menstrual blood and fetal tissue. The contents of a pregnant uterus can be removed, this time illegally, by the same technique. it is the presence or the absence of fetal tissue that decides the legality of the procedure. HOW TO PERFORM A MENSTRUAL EXTRACTION (ME) 1) Supplies first: Betadine, speculum, "Del Em" ME equipment, latex gloves, alcohol, Valerian or Motrin, copy of _When Birth Control Fails_, small 4mm and 5mm canulas, flashlight, mirror, pillows. 2) Before proceeding, with the help of your group, check to see if you're pregnant or not. ME can be done on non-pregnant women. Look at your cervix and see if it has changed in color or texture. Have a member of your self-help group perform a pelvic exam as well. Make sure it is someone who has felt your cervix before. See if your cervix feels enlarged or softer to her. Have you had any morning sickness? For how long? Study your most recent menstrual cycle. You do this by counting the number of weeks that have passed since your last normal period. If you are late, this might be a sign that you are pregnant. If you think you might be more than eight weeks pregnant, *do not* proceed with this method. 3) Lie back on a low bed or futon and, with your legs spread, get comfortable. You may want someone to hold your legs for you. Definitely have someone by your side to assist you with whatever you might want (water, abdominal massage, Motrin, an extra pillow) during the extraction. 4) Although the vagina is not a sterile area, bacteria should never enter the os, cervix or uterus or else you run the risk of infection. With the speculum in place, so that your cervix can be easily seen by the person who will be holding the canula, and using tongs that have been boiled until sterile to hold a Betadine soaked cotton swab, cleanse the cervix and the vaginal canal. 5) Touching only the two or so inches furthest from the end of the canula that will enter the cervix, carefully put the canula inside the vagina (do not let it touch the vaginal walls either; remember the vagina is not a sterile field) and slowly insert it into the exterior os. After you have put the canula into the os about 3/4 of an inch, you will begin to feel resistance, as if the canula will not go any further. You have reached the inner os or the entrance to the uterus. You may feel cramping at this point because both the os and the uterus are muscles. The uterus may also recede into the body making it hard to continue. This is normal as well. Continue to push, with a gentle insistence, until you feel something give and the level of resistance reduce; the canula has entered the uterus. 6) It is time to attach the rest of the Del Em apparatus to the canula. Before doing so, remove all the air from a Del Em jar using your one-way valve syringe. This will provide the right amount of suction needed to detach early first trimester menses and fetal tissue from the uterine wall. Attach the tubing to the canula and begin to move it in a semi-slow, back and forth rotating fashion in the uterus. Remain in one area until you feel the texture of the uterus go from soft and mushy to hard and ribbed or ridge-like. Then repeat the same motions in another part of the uterus. You will see blood and, if you are pregnant, a white, pudding-like substance (fetal tissue) in the tubing. Continue to do this until you no longer feel (through your 'eleventh finger', the canula) any softness in the uterus nor see any blood or fetal tissue in the tubing. Remove the canula. Mission accomplished. _When Birth Control Fails_ is available from: The Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers, 1680 Vine Street, Suite 1105 Hollywood, CA 90028 (213) 957-4062 This pamphlet was published by Anonymous Queers 1992. _______ Presenting this information in this echo does not indicate an endorsement of the positions or procedures in the above quoted text by the person who released this message into the Fido bitstream. - J-Mag --- GoldED 2.40 * Origin: base point where the abscissa and ordinate equal zero (1:106/100.16) SEEN-BY: 13/13 135/41 151/100 1000 1003 373/2 374/1 12 14 3609/16 SEEN-BY: 3641/1 PATH: 30119/16 106/100 112 116 13/13 151/1003 374/1 14


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