Abortion (Termination Of Pregnancy)
What Is It?
Abortion is the removal of pregnancy tissue, products of conception or the fetus and placenta (afterbirth) from the uterus. In general, the terms fetus and placenta are used after eight weeks of pregnancy. Pregnancy tissue and products of conception refer to tissue produced by the union of an egg and sperm before eight weeks.
Other terms for an abortion include elective abortion, induced abortion, termination of pregnancy and therapeutic abortion.