What is abortion?

  • (noun): Failure of a plan.
    Synonyms: miscarriage
    See also — Additional definitions below


Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo prior to viability. An abortion can occur spontaneously, in which case it is usually called a miscarriage, or it can be purposely induced. The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy.

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Crisis Pregnancy Center
... organization established to counsel pregnant women against having an abortion ... CPCs generally provide peer counseling related to abortion, pregnancy, and childbirth, and may also offer additional non-medical services such as financial assistance, child-rearing ... usually but not exclusively about the supposed health risks and mental health risks of abortion ...
David Reardon
... favor of legislating strict barriers to abortion ... issue of mental health effects associated with abortion (see abortion and mental health) ... in the New York Times Magazine as the "Moses" of the "post-abortion movement" ...
Parents' Rights Coalition - Positions - Abortion
... Mitt Romney for his moderate policies on abortion ... of Massachusetts, MassResistance criticized him for his stance on abortion, referring to him as "probably the most pro-abortion and pro-gay rights Republican ... and financial contributions to MoveOn.org and "pro-abortion" group EMILY's List ...
Abortion - In Other Animals
... Further information Miscarriage Spontaneous abortion occurs in various animals ... In cows, abortion may be caused by contagious disease, such as Brucellosis or Campylobacter, but can often be controlled by vaccination ... Abortion may also be induced in animals, in the context of animal husbandry ...
Crisis Pregnancy Center - Legal and Legislative Action - Waxman Report
... information" on an alleged link between abortion and breast cancer, on the alleged effects of abortion on fertility, and on the alleged mental health effects of ... information about the health risks of an abortion ... pregnancy resource centers, which are typically pro-life organizations dedicated to preventing abortion, but it is an inappropriate public health practice ...

More definitions of "abortion":

  • (noun): Termination of pregnancy.

Famous quotes containing the word abortion:

    If the vice president thinks it’s disgraceful for an unmarried woman to bear a child, and if he believes that a woman cannot adequately raise a child without a father, then he’d better make sure that abortion remains safe and legal.
    Diane British (b. 1948)

    [The Republicans] offer ... a detailed agenda for national renewal.... [On] reducing illegitimacy ... the state will use ... funds for programs to reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies, to promote adoption, to establish and operate children’s group homes, to establish and operate residential group homes for unwed mothers, or for any purpose the state deems appropriate. None of the taxpayer funds may be used for abortion services or abortion counseling.
    Newt Gingrich (b. 1943)

    It is always the moralists who do the most harm. Abortion is the logical outcome of civilization, only the jungle gives birth and moulders away as nature decrees. Man plans.
    Max Frisch (1911–1991)