- The definition of a partial-birth abortion is an abortion performed to end a pregnancy during the mid-to-late second trimester of pregnancy.
Partial-birth abortion involves forcing the early delivery of a fetus in order to end the pregnancy.
(plural partial-birth abortions)
- (US, law, colloquial) intact dilation and extraction
The term partial-birth abortion is used primarily in the United States, where the intact dilation and extraction procedure was banned in 2003 by a federal law, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Opinions on the acceptability of the term vary, and it is sometimes perceived as being a political dysphemism.