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 and it is legal in all 50 states in the US. Laws vary from state to state. It is important to look at the laws in your state when deciding what to do with an unplanned pregnancy. To learn about abortion laws in IL visit click here.

Are you thinking about having an abortion, or would you like more information about your abortion options? Schedule an appointment for a free pre-abortion evaluation at a My Future Approved clinic. We are here to empower you in your freedom of choice.

At all My Future Approved clinics, patients are given accurate information about abortion combined with compassionate, professional medical care. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision about your unplanned pregnancy. When you come to us for help, we offer options and not misinformation or judgement.


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  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