An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure is done by a licensed health care professional.
The decision to end a pregnancy is very personal. If you are thinking of having an abortion, most health care providers advise counseling.
- Abortion, Miscarriage, and Breast Cancer Risk (National Cancer Institute)
- Abortions: Does It Affect Subsequent Pregnancies? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Pregnancy Choices: Raising the Baby, Adoption, and Abortion (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF
- What to Do When Your Pregnancy Is Unexpected (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish