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*"Late-term" abortion is a controversial term, but it usually refers to
abortions that are done much later in a pregnancy than most, often after 24
weeks of gestation. The procedure is controversial because the fetus is
much more developed than in the earlier stages of pregnancy.
Abortion-rights advocacy groups say that the procedure is usually performed
when the fetus has a major abnormality or when continuing the pregnancy
threatens the life or health of the mother. But scientific evidence proving
that claim remains elusive."Late-term" abortion is a controversial term,
but it usually refers to abortions that are done much later in a pregnancy
than most, often after 24 weeks of gestation. The procedure is
controversial because the fetus is much more developed than in the earlier
stages of pregnancy. Abortion-rights advocacy groups say that the procedure
is usually performed when the fetus has a major abnormality or when
continuing the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the mother. But
scientific evidence proving that claim remains elusive.*

SOURCE: Guttmacher Institute | The Washington Post - June 2, 2009



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** Abortion **

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*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
limits).^[5]

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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