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Induced abortion
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ICD-10 O04
ICD-9 779.6
DiseasesDB 4153
MedlinePlus 002912
eMedicine article/252560

*Abortion* is the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from
the uterus of a fetus or embryo prior to viability.^[note 1] An abortion
can occur spontaneously, in which case it is usually called a miscarriage,
or it can be purposely induced. The term /abortion/ most commonly refers to
the induced abortion of a human pregnancy.

Abortion, when induced in the developed world in accordance with local law,
is among the safest procedures in medicine.^[1] However, unsafe abortions
result in approximately 70,000 maternal deaths and 5 million hospital
admissions per year globally.^[2] An estimated 44 million abortions are
performed globally each year, with slightly under half of those performed
unsafely.^[3] The incidence of abortion has stabilized in recent years,^[3]
having previously spent decades declining as access to family planning
education and contraceptive services increased.^[4] Forty percent of the
world's women have access to induced abortions (within gestational

Induced abortion has a long history and has been facilitated by various
methods including herbal abortifacients, the use of sharpened tools,
physical trauma, and other traditional methods. Contemporary medicine
utilizes medications and surgical procedures to induce abortion. The
legality, prevalence, cultural and religious status of abortion vary
substantially around the world. Its legality can depend on specific
conditions such as incest, rape, fetal defects, a high risk of disability,
socioeconomic factors or the mother's health being at risk. In many parts
of the world there is prominent and divisive public controversy over the
moral, ethical, and legal issues of abortion.


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