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What is an abortion?

Abortion is the process of ending a pregnancy. It can be both unintentionally (miscarriage) or intentionally (induced abortion). Induced abortion is for ending of an unwanted pregnancy which could be for personal or medical reasons.


There are 2 types of induced abortion – medical and surgical. Medical abortion can only be opted for at the early stage of a pregnancy. It is a combination of medication that ends pregnancy and causes the utrerus lining to shed.


Surgical abortion is when a doctor uses suction to surgically end the pregnancy before the fetus matures.


Sources:

https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/medical-versus-surgical-abortion

https://www.britannica.com/science/abortion-pregnancy

https://medlineplus.gov/abortion.html

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/

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