WHAT IS ABORTION?

An abortion is the termination or ending of a pregnancy. It’s most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. ¹

There are three categories for defining an abortion:

  • Induced Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before it is possible for the fetus to survive outside of the uterus. ²
  • Therapeutic Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy in order to safeguard the life and health of the mother. ³
  • Spontaneous Abortion, commonly called miscarriage, is a naturally-occurring loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks. After 20 weeks, loss of a pregnancy is considered preterm delivery. ⁴ 

The word abortion is most often used when talking about an induced abortion.

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References

  1. Abortion Medical Definition | Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/abortion 
  2. Induced Abortion – definition of induced abortion by Medical dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/induced+abortion 
  3. Therapeutic Abortion Medical Definition | Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/therapeutic%20abortion 
  4. spontaneous abortion – definition of spontaneous abortion by Medical dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/spontaneous+abortion