D & E Abortion

Second Trimester

A dilation (dilatation) and evacuation abortion, D&E, is a surgical abortion procedure during which an abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus. The D&E abortion procedure is usually performed between thirteen and twenty-four weeks LMP (that is thirteen to twenty-four weeks after the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period).

How is a D&E abortion performed?
What if a woman changes her mind after laminaria insertion?
What are the short-term and long-term risks and adverse effects of a D&E abortion?
Are late-term abortions legal in the United States?
How developed is the child at this point in pregnancy?

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Aspiration Abortion

First Trimester Suction D&C

A suction, or aspiration, D&C abortion is a procedure in which a suction catheter is inserted into the mother’s uterus to extract the preborn baby. Tools are then used to scrape the lining of the uterus to remove any remaining parts. This procedure is performed during the first trimester, typically during five and thirteen weeks LMP (that is five to thirteen weeks after the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period).

How is an aspiration (suction) D&C abortion performed?
What are the short-term and long-term risks and adverse effects of an aspiration (suction) D&C abortion?
How developed is the child at this point in pregnancy?

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Abortion Pills

First Trimester Medical Abortion

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A medical (or chemical) abortion is a non-surgical form of abortion in which the woman takes pills containing Mifepristone (RU-486) and Misoprostol (or Cytotec) to end the life of the baby. This procedure is performed during the first trimester of pregnancy. The drugs are approved by the FDA for use up to ten weeks since the first day of her last menstrual period (LMP).

How is a medical abortion performed?
What type of medical supervision occurs during a medical abortion?
What if a mother changes her mind after taking the RU-486 abortion pill?
What are the short-term and long-term risks and adverse effects of medical abortion?
What are the failure rates for medical abortion?
How developed is the child at this point in pregnancy?

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Induction Abortion

Third Trimester

A third trimester induction abortion is performed at 25 weeks LMP (25 weeks since the first day of the woman’s last period) to term. At 25 weeks, a baby is almost fully-developed and is considered viable, meaning he or she could survive outside the womb. For this reason, the abortionist will usually first kill the baby in utero by injecting a substance that causes cardiac arrest, and induces the mother’s labor to deliver her baby stillborn.

How is an induction abortion performed?
What if a woman changes her mind after laminaria insertion?
What type of medical supervision occurs during an induction abortion?
What are short-term and long-term risks and adverse effects of induction abortion?
Are late-term abortions legal in the United States?
How developed is the child at this point in the pregnancy?

shieldPlease note: This website has been researched and reviewed by physicians for medical accuracy; however, it is not intended to constitute medical advice or replace the individualized counsel of a doctor.

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