noun Usually Disparaging.

a person who performs or induces abortions, especially illegally.
a person who favors or advocates abortion as a right or choice that all women should have.

Origin of abortionist

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; abortion + -ist
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British Dictionary definitions for abortionist



a person who performs abortions, esp illegally
a person who is in favour of abortion on demand
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Word Origin and History for abortionist

1872, from abortion + -ist.

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