Where Did Abortion Originate From?


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The first recorded confirmation of an abortion is derived from a Chinese text which records abortions performed between the years 500BC and 515 BC. According to Chinese, the well-known Emperor Shennong approved the use of mercury to induce abortions nearly 5000 years ago.
Abortion was famous in the ancient Greco-Roman world. Various methods of abortion were used. Some of the most common methods used then were either dosing the pregnant woman with a near-fatal amount of poison, so that a miscarriage could occur, even letting poison directly into the uterus, or prodding the uterus with one of a variety of "long needles, hooks, and knives".
Many of the techniques done in early times were non-surgical. Physical activities like strenuous labor, climbing, paddling, weightlifting, or diving were a common technique. The other methods involved were the use of irritant leaves, fasting, bloodletting, pouring hot water onto the abdomen, and lying on a heated coconut shell.

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