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.
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.
Within the broader area of induced abortions, there are two basic classifications:
A therapeutic abortion is done to:
An elective abortion is an abortion performed for any other reason - most commonly occurring after contraceptive failure results in an unplanned pregnancy.
In the United States, Roe v. Wade is the law that makes it legal for a woman to obtain a medically induced abortion at any point before the fetus becomes viable. This is generally considered to be seven months or 28 weeks, but may occur as early as 24 weeks.(noun)
An example of an abortion is a miscarriage.
See abortion in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L abortio: see abort
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