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How is a labor induction abortion performed?

In a labor induction abortion, also called a medical induction abortion, the fetus is typically given a lethal intracardiac injection. The woman is then given medication (usually misoprostol or Pitocin) to initiate contractions and dilate the cervix. After a period of time, usually within a few hours, the woman goes into labor, and the dead fetus is delivered.


Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Second Trimester Labor Induction Abortion.” Accessed October 19, 2023. https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/adult-child-serv/informedconsent/michigans-informed-consent-for-abortion-law/procedures/second-trimester-labor-induction-abortion.

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