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abortion

abortion ə-bȯr-shən n 1
:the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus
esp
:the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy
2
:the crime of procuring or performing an illegal abortion a conspiracy to commit ⁓ W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr. see also Roe v. Wade and Webster v. Reproductive Health Services in the Important Cases section