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What Is Abortion?

Abortion Defined

abortion /abor·tion/ (ah-bor´shun)


What is abortion?  The definition of abortion is when a pregnancy ends abruptly, either voluntarily or involuntarily, and the fetus is expelled from the womb before it can live on its own.

Types of Abortions

Spontaneous and Induced Abortions

Spontaneous - An abortion that occurs naturally without any medical intervention when there is a physical problem with a pregnancy is called a spontaneous abortion or a miscarriage

Induced - An abortion that is the result of any procedure done by a licensed physician or someone under the supervision of a licensed physician to purposefully end a pregnancy is called an induced abortion.1

DID YOU KNOW: Most abortions occur very early in pregnancy, but as the baby grows, the cost of abortion increases and so do the risks to the mother.

1Abortion. (n.d.). In YourDictionary. Retrieved from

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