What is a Partial-Birth Abortion?

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A partial birth abortion is carried out late into pregnancy, typically in the second or third trimester and can be quite controversial as it involves removing the foetus intact. The procedure is carried out under special circumstances.

This procedure involves you being given drugs which will dilate your cervix to allow the foetus to be removed. This method means that you don’t have to go through labour which can prevent some very difficult emotions.

Due to the way in which the procedure is carried out it is less invasive and so carries less risk of damage to the cervix, womb and other internal organs. It also allows for the foetus to be removed in such a way that a post-mortem can be carried out which may be the case if the foetus had abnormalities.

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