An alternative, more expensive, late
abortion drug is prostaglandin.
It is not free of dangers to the
mother, being associated with risks of haemorrhage, infection and
retention of the placenta requiring surgical intervention.
Prostaglandin causes powerful contractions of the womb expelling the
fetus, and usually killing him or her in the process, although in some
instances babies have been delivered alive as a result.
abortions, doctors inject a further drug (such as the poison urea) into
the womb, to ensure that the baby does not survive.