USA: Why medical students are practicing abortions on papayas

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Why medical students are practicing abortions on papayas

Amid fears of a future abortion ban, a group teaches a discreet procedure using a fruit that looks a bit like the female reproductive system

Joanna Walters
Fri 22 Dec ‘17

Cheyenne Mangold’s hands shook ever so slightly as she reached with a long metal instrument to catch hold of what looked like the cervix. The medical student was attempting, for the very first time, the rudiments of performing an abortion.

As she inexpertly brought the pincers together on the soft flesh, you might have expected a little yelp of pain from the patient.

There was silence. Not because the “patient” was brave, but because it was a papaya.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/22/why-medical-students-are-practicing-abortions-on-papayas