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The History of Abortion

A human pregnancy generally lasts nine months, divided into three trimesters, or periods of three months each. There are two types of abortions: spontaneous and induced. A spontaneous abortion is also called a miscarriage. If it occurs later than the first trimester, it may be called a preterm birth. It may occur because something is wrong with the embryo (this is called a genetic abnormality), or it may be due to some kind of trauma such as an auto accident.

An induced abortion is performed for a purpose at any gestational age. It may be done to save the life or mental health of the mother. For instance, after becoming pregnant, a woman may discover that she is suffering from a disease that might result in her death if the pregnancy continues. An induced abortion may stop a pregnancy that resulted from rape or incest. Abortions also may be performed when it is known that the child will have a serious physical or mental deformity. Most induced abortions result from social or economic reasons that make women

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Foreword 7
  • 1: The History of Abortion 10
  • 2: The Issues: Pro-Choice Vs. Pro-Life 26
  • 3: Rights of Minors and Other Special Cases 43
  • 4: Rape and Incest 57
  • 5: Abortion, Race, and Religion 70
  • 6: Medical Issues 85
  • 7: The Politics of Abortion 104
  • Notes 123
  • Further Information 127
  • Bibliography 130
  • Index 135
  • About: The Author 143
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