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What is an abortion?

An abortion is a medical procedure to end a pregnancy and cause the death of a developing human embryo or fetus by surgically removing or chemically expelling that embryo or fetus from the mother’s body.  The term therapeutic abortion refers to an abortion performed for medical reasons, while an elective abortion is done for personal, non-medical reasons. Over 99% of abortions in the United States are elective.

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