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An abortion performed in the second or third-trimester, in which the products of conception are removed by suction curettage and forceps and the cranial contents of the fetus are evacuated before the removal of the fetus from the uterus. Synonym: dilation and evacuation
See also: abortion
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partial-birth abortionAn abortion in which a live fetus is partially delivered but is then killed before the delivery is completed. The concept has aroused fierce controversy as the procedure is considered by many to be indistinguishable from infanticide. It is, however, performed only when it is medically necessary to protect the life or health of the mother and, in such cases, is usually protected by law.
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