Skip to main content

Abortion

  • Reference work entry
  • 418 Accesses

Synonyms

Abort; Dilation and Evacuation (D&E); Miscarriage; Termination

Definition

(1) The spontaneous or induced termination of pregnancy after conception. (2) To miscarry a nonviable fetus [1].

Description

An abortion is a legal, safe, and effective medical method to stop or interrupt the growth and development of a fetus. Even though abortion is a legal medical procedure, the availability of services has been under political and ethical debate for quite some time [5]. In fact, the availability of abortion services depends on federal and state policies. However, in the United States, abortion has not always been under ethical and political debate. As a matter of fact, up until the second half of the nineteenth century, abortion was not viewed as morally wrong if it was performed before 4–5 months of pregnancy. During the second half of the nineteenth century, abortion was preformed quite frequently using drugs, special potions, and techniques espoused by popular medical guides....

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_13
  • Chapter length: 3 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   949.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-387-79061-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD   999.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

References

  1. Abortion. (1998). In Mosby's medical, nursing, & allied health dictionary (5th ed.).

    Google Scholar 

  2. Anderson, M. L. (2003). Thinking about women: Sociological perspectives on sex and gender (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson Education.

    Google Scholar 

  3. National Abortion Federation. (2008). Abortion facts. http://www.prochoice.org/about_abortion/facts/medical_abortion.html. Accessed July 15, 2008.

  4. Planned Parenthood Federation of America. (2008). Abortion. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/abortion-4260.htm. Accessed July 12, 2008.

  5. Women’s Health Policy Program. (2008). Abortion in the U.S.: Utilization, financing and access. http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/3269-02.cfm. Accessed July 10, 2008.

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Lacy Allen M.S., Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC

About this entry

Cite this entry

Allen, L. (2011). Abortion. In: Goldstein, S., Naglieri, J.A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_13

Download citation