A new immigrant from Romania tried to induce abortion by intrauterine self-administration of hypertonic sucrose at 7 weeks' gestation. Complete abortion did not occur and bleeding, infection and pregnancy residua persisted for 13 weeks. Evacuation by uterine curettage had failed, but a second curettage under real-time sonographic guidance was successful. Self-induced chemical abortions are rarely encountered in modern medicine. However, elevation of the iron curtain and mass immigration may increase the frequency of self-induced abortions in Western countries. Since the management, course, and outcome of each type of self-induced abortion are somewhat different, the pertinent differentiation is between chemical and mechanical and between various agents used for chemical-induced abortions. Mechanical abortions are best treated 12 to 24 hours after antibiotic therapy, while in chemically-induced abortion early evacuation of the uterus is indicated.