It is recommended the fetal heart be stopped in patients who are 21.5 weeks gestation or further to prevent any question of viability upon delivery. There are several medications and methods used to do so. Intra-Fetal injections can be placed intra-cardiac, buttocks, extremity, intra-thoracic or intra-cranial. Medications can also be injected directed into the amnionic fluid. Though highly effective this latter method may take a few hours for the fetal heart to become asystole (absent fetal heart beat).
Stopping the Fetal Heart Beat In-Utero for Late Term Abortion
[although stopping the baby’s heart is ‘recommended’, it’s not required – it’s perfectly legal to dismember them while alive]
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