dilation and extraction


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dilation and extraction (D&E),

a form of abortion in which the cervix is dilated and the fetus extracted in pieces using surgical forceps; technique used to complete a second trimester spontaneous abortion or as a form of induced abortion.

dilation and extraction

di·la·tion and ex·trac·tion

(dī-lā'shŭn ek-strak'shŭn)
A form of abortion in which the cervix is dilated and the fetus extracted in pieces using surgical forceps; technique used to complete a second trimester spontaneous abortion or as a form of induced abortion.
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A core goal of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was to codify the emotional language of abortion opponents and overcome the clinical detachment of medical terms such as dilation and extraction.
But extending a ban beyond the dilation and extraction procedure is part of the strategy of anti-abortion forces.
Neither side discussed alternatives to intact dilation and extraction that can sound equally gruesome, such as internal dismemberment of the fetus.
His comment implied that all of them had been deliberately dishonest about the frequency and reasons that procedures like intact dilation and extraction -- the medical terminology for what pro-lifers call "partial-birth abortions" -- are performed.
It is, you see, "a procedure doctors call `intact dilation and extraction.
Carhart that Nebraska's law prohibiting so-called partial-birth abortion is unconstitutional because it doesn't contain a health exception for dilation and evacuation (D&E) or dilation and extraction (D&X) procedures sometimes used in terminating pregnancies after sixteen weeks or so.
But that did not diminish the intensity of the debate over partial-birth abortion, known medically as intact dilation and extraction.
It focused on the issues the Court had decided to accept for review: (1) does Nebraska's ban apply only to the intact dilation and extraction procedure (abbreviated "D&X" - - i.
Finally, Coreen's increasing health problems forced them to accept the advice of numerous medical experts that the intact dilation and extraction (D&X) was, indeed, the best option for Coreen's own health, and the abortion was performed.
One issue that came up repeatedly was whether intact dilation and extraction, or ``partial-birth'' abortion, is necessary.
1833, a bill that would have imposed a nationwide ban on an abortion technique known as dilation and extraction (D&X), which is used primarily to terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks when a woman's life or health is at risk.
The vetoed bill would have banned late-term dilation and extraction abortions, called ``partial-birth abortions'' by critics who say they amount to infanticide since a physician partly extracts the fetus, then collapses its skull and suctions out the brain before completing the abortion.