Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of afetus or embryo, resulting in or caused by its death. An abortion can occur spontaneously due to complications during pregnancy or can be induced, in humans and other species. In the context of human pregnancies, an abortion induced to preserve the health of the gravida (pregnant female) is termed a therapeutic abortion, while an abortion induced for any other reason is termed an elective abortion.

The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy, while spontaneous abortions are usually termed miscarriages.

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Pope Francis sprinkles holy water with an aspergillum as a blessing during the Palm Sunday mass at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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By IBTimes AU

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MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, RELIGION

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By IBTimes AU

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A balloon with words "The right to live" is seen among umbrellas during a anti-abortion march, in Madrid
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By IBTimes AU

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By IBTimes AU

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MORE TOPICS: AIDS

Au Political News: MP Geoff Shaw Cries for the Unborn

By IBTimes AU

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Pope Francis meets President Obama
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By IBTimes AU

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MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, WHITE HOUSE, RELIGION

A baby stroller is seen as mothers play with their children at a public area in downtown Shanghai November 19, 2013.
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By IBTimes AU

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A man sells condoms in Yangon in Myanmar on Feb. 18, 2012.
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By IBTimes AU

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MORE TOPICS: COURT, SUPREME COURT, LAWYER, INFECTION

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By IBTimes AU

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By IBTimes AU

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