Abortion as Social Policy

  • Adrieme S. WalkerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_2646-1

Synonyms

Definition

Abortion is the termination of the process of gestation after the time when the zygote attaches itself to the uterine wall – normally 14 days after conception, but before the fetus is possibly capable of surviving on its own – normally 23–28 weeks from conception (Robinson 2015). A zygote is a fertilized ovum. An ovum is the mature sex cell generated by females in an ovary. Induced abortions are the intentional termination of a pregnancy before the fetus can live independently. An abortion may be elective, which is based on a woman’s personal choice, or therapeutic. Therapeutic abortions are abortions performed to save the life of the pregnant woman, prevent harm to the pregnant woman’s physical or mental health, terminate a pregnancy where indications are that the child will have a significant increased chance of premature morbidity or otherwise disabled, or reduce the number of fetuses to lessen health...

Keywords

American Medical Association Plan Parenthood Medical Abortion Legal Abortion Supreme Court Ruling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jackson State UniversityJacksonUSA