Flashcards in TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY Deck (7)
What are the current laws surrounding termination of pregnancy based on?
The Abortion Act of 1967 which was amended in 1990.
What was the 1990 amendment to the 1967 Abortion Act?
Upper limit of gestation were reduced from 28 weeks to 24 weeks
What is the most common circumstance for which termination of pregnancy is performed?
Clause C - Continuing the pregnancy involves greater risk to the woman's physical or mental health than termination
How many practitioners must agree on termination of pregnancy?
What are the methods of pregnancy termination used before 12 weeks gestation?
Less than 9 weeks: Mifepristone (anti-progesterone) followed by prostaglandins 48 hours later to stimulate contractions
Up to 12 weeks: Surgical dilation and suction of uterine contents (vacuum aspiration)
What are the methods of pregnancy termination used after 12 weeks gestation?
Dilatation and evacuation - uterine contents must be crushed prior to curettage.
NB it is essential to ascertain mother's blood group prior to procedure for anti-D administration