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

Hammond C

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Apr 2009


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.