With what you're explaining, where does this happen? I don't know of any western country that allows such late terminations on healthy babies where the mother or baby's life is not at risk?
in 2011 in Melbourne there where a lady was pregnant with twins and one had a heart defect. She was advised to terminate that twin at 32 weeks, but the injection was given to the healthy baby. They then had to do a Caesar when it states the unhealthy's baby life was terminate via Caesarean section (I assume not resuscitated after birth).
If you are having a termination at 20 or so weeks because the baby had congenital defects etc, then you're already in a horrible state of mind, the doctors and midwives are going to do everything possible to ensure your baby is born in the gentlest way, if that makes sense. It's more of an early induction of labour in your case.
At 20-24 weeks the baby would not be resuscitated if you went in labour naturally then and the baby would most certainly not survive very long. Terminations after that gestation if there is no medical condition that would cause the baby to not survive ex-utero, they may need to use alternative options if the baby would survive for a considerably long time once born.
Last edited by wannawannabe; 29-04-2013 at 21:54.
Procedures such as those mentioned by Cinderella are definitely the exception rather than the rule, late term abortions aren't common in Australia except for medical reasons, in which case the baby is induced and allowed to pass in his/her parents' arms. In the uncommon cases where the baby is healthy, unfortunately, the dr has to make sure they are not born alive.
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