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  •  so what is partial birth abortion (none)
    if not a third trimester abortion. You are right that most respectable practicioners will not perform such a grusome proceedure.
    •  There is no partial birth (4.00)
      The procedure you are attempting to describe is called Dilation and Extraction, or D & X. These procedures are performed in the second trimester to ensure that necrotic fetal tissue doesn't put the mother at risk for toxic shock, which can be fatal. They are usually performed prior to 22 weeks, but some can be done as late as 26 weeks, usually when genetic test results have been delayed and gross fetal abnormalities have been discovered very late in the game.

      Nothing to do with respectable. No practitioners are performing abortions to fetuses that might be viable outside the womb. None. Find me such an example. There's no such thing as a "back alley" late abortion, the mother would probably almost never survive.  

      The phrase "partial birth abortion" is one coined by the so-called "right to life" movement in order to allege grotesque lies about the services that abortion providers perform. It is not a medical phrase, and it is never used by nurses or practitioners. Late abortion is the accepted phrase, if one insists on focusing on the timing.

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