Feticidal digoxin injection before dilation and evacuation abortion: evidence and ethics

Grimes DA

Stuart GS

Raymond EG

Feb 2012


Feticidal injection of digoxin before dilation and evaluation (D&E) abortion has become common in recent years and is now a standard policy at some abortion clinics. The procedure entails amniocentesis and administration of digoxin into the amniotic fluid or fetus before uterine evacuation. Two new reports in this issue of the journal present conflicting views about its safety.