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Origin of abortion
Examples from the Web for abortion
Most often, the doctrine is invoked by minors seeking an abortion without parental consent.
The language of this bill is a de facto abortion ban for most pregnant federal prisoners.
In other words, unnecessarily stringent abortion regulation could be far more dangerous than abortion itself.
Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, describes abortion as “very safe.”
The National Right to Life Committee, for example, asks the leading question “Is Abortion Safe?”
Macpherson had recently engaged the public gaze by his 'Ossian'—an abortion fathered upon the fourth century after Christ.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)|Thomas De Quincey
Abortion is the dislodging of the child from the only place where it can live and where nature has placed it for that purpose.Moral Principles and Medical Practice|Charles Coppens
X-ray photographing of pregnant women is very likely to cause abortion.
No particular attention need be bestowed upon this cough, unless it become so violent as to threaten abortion.
In pregnancy uterine hemorrhage and uterine pain are symptoms of a threatened abortion, but not certain symptoms.
British Dictionary definitions for abortion
Word Origin and History for abortion
1540s, from Latin abortionem (nominative abortio) "miscarriage, abortion," noun of action from past participle stem of aboriri (see abortive).
Earlier noun in English was simple abort (early 15c.). Originally of both deliberate and unintended miscarriages; in 19c. some effort was made to distinguish abortion "expulsion of the fetus between 6 weeks and 6 months" from miscarriage (the same within 6 weeks of conception) and premature labor (delivery after 6 months but before due time). This broke down as abortion came to be used principally for intentional miscarriages. Foeticide (v.) appears 1823 as a forensic medical term for deliberate premature fatal expulsion of the fetus; also cf. prolicide. Abortion was a taboo word for much of early 20c., disguised in print as criminal operation (U.S.) or illegal operation (U.K.), and replaced by miscarriage in film versions of novels.
Medicine definitions for abortion
Science definitions for abortion
Culture definitions for abortion (1 of 2)
The deliberate termination of a pregnancy, usually before the embryo or fetus is capable of independent life. In medical contexts, this procedure is called an induced abortion and is distinguished from a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or stillbirth.
Culture definitions for abortion (2 of 2)
The ending of pregnancy and expulsion of the embryo or fetus, generally before the embryo or fetus is capable of surviving on its own. Abortion may be brought on intentionally by artificial means (induced abortion) or may occur naturally (spontaneous abortion, which is commonly referred to as a miscarriage). (Compare stillbirth; see also family planning and population control.)