OTTAWA, May 5, 2003 ( – Researchers Kimberly Elford and Paul Claman at the University of Ottawa have revealed a gruesome circumstance explaining one reason why some otherwise healthy women are left infertile after abortions. In a case study published in the April issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility, the researchers note that fetal bone fragments can lodge into the muscular tissue in the uterus concealing them from hysteroscopes (tube cameras) which are normally used to detect remaining baby parts after abortions. With the use of ultrasound, doctors were able to identify the lodged aborted baby bones and scrape them away, after which patients with related infertility were able to conceive. The researchers note that bone will be present in all preborn children from 12 weeks gestation. An analysis of common abortion methods reveals clearly how bone fragments could be lost in the uterus after abortions. Abortions after the third month of pregnancy, when bone tissue has already formed, usually require the bones of the unborn child to be broken. Dilation and Curettage abortions use a hook shaped knife (curette) which cuts the body into pieces prior to evacuation. However later term abortions require Dilation and Evacuation abortions in which a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove the full body. See the abstract of the study from the Journal (registration required): See descriptions of popular abortion methods: