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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