Evidence suggests that there have been many civilizations in history that have used torturous and totally gross methods to abort a baby. From the Egyptians to the ancient Romans to the Greeks, people of all cultures and civilizations made their women go through some painful and potentially fatal methods to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. While women today have a choice of options when it comes to abortion, women in the past were not so lucky. Check out some of the most awful abortion procedures that have been mercilessly used on women over the years.
Women would wear extremely tight clothes or bind their waists tightly hoping it would cause a miscarriage.
Some women took shock therapy for an abortion. This included getting a tooth extracted without anesthesia or getting bitten by a dog.
They would also throw themselves down the stairs hoping that the injury would cause a miscarriage.
Some women also took extremely hot bath and showers and poured boiling water on their bellies to induce abortion.
Pregnant women would put leeches into their vagina hoping it would damage the baby.
Some women went as far as hitting themselves on their bellies with a bat to discontinue pregnancy.
Coat hangers and knitting needles were inserted into women’s vaginas to kill the fetus.
Some women would starve themselves so bad that the fetus would wither like a raisin and die.
Greek physicians recommended women to get themselves shaken so hard by two strong men that the embryo fell out automatically.
Greek Physician Hippocrates recommended women to jump up and down in such a way that their heels touch their butts every time.