Recent advances in second-trimester abortion: an evidence-based review

Cassing Hammond*

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The proportion of US abortions performed in the second trimester has varied little since 1992. Although 30 years of cumulative data corroborate the safety of dilation and evacuation (D&E), the most commonly used method of second-trimester abortion in the United States, both D&E and alternative induction regimens continue to evolve such that the traditional safety gap between medical and surgical regimens has narrowed. Providers now have options that allow them to either expedite D&E by diminishing the cervical-ripening period or reduce induction abortion intervals during medical induction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-356
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • abortion
  • mifepristone
  • misoprostol
  • pregnancy termination
  • second trimester

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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