Suction curettage or suction aspiration is the most common method of abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. Local or general anesthetic is given to the mother.  The cervix is dilated then a suction curette ( a hollow tube with a sharp cutting edge ) is inserted into the womb. This instrument is connected to a vacuum suction device by a transparent tube. The suction tears the unborn child into pieces. which are sucked through the tube into a collection bottle.