Late-Term Abortion refers to the termination of a fetus performed late in a pregnancy. These abortions generally occur after the 20th week of gestation.
Dilation and evacuation is the most common method of late-term abortion. During this procedure, luminaria sticks, which absorb liquid and expand, are placed into the cervix. This dilates the cervix and encourages labor. A chemical is then injected into the amniotic cavity which kills the fetus. Its remains are extracted using surgical instruments. A variation on this procedure, known as intact dilation and extraction, or early labor induction, may also be used.