Abortion Around the World

Brian Raffel
Monica Borgone
Michael D'Ambrosio
Rebecca Heydon

What is Abortion?

Abortion is the termination of pregnancy before birth, resulting in, or accompanied by, the death of the fetus. Some abortions occur naturally because a fetus does not develop normally or because the mother has an injury or disorder that prevents her from carrying the pregnancy to term. This type of spontaneous abortion is commonly known as a miscarriage. Other abortions are inducedthat is, intentionally brought onbecause a pregnancy is unwanted or presents a risk to a woman's health.

Induced abortion, the focus of this web site, has become one of the most intense ethical and philosophical issues of the late 20th century. Modern medical techniques have made induced abortions simpler and less dangerous. But in the United States, the debate over abortion has led to legal battles in the courts, in the Congress of the United States, and state legislatures. It has spilled over into confrontations, sometimes violent, at clinics where abortions are performed.


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