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Abortion

Also called: Induced Abortion

Summary

An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It is done by a licensed health care professional. It can be done two different ways:

  • Medication abortion, which uses medicines to end the pregnancy. It is sometimes called a "medical abortion" or "abortion with pills."
  • Procedural abortion, a procedure to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. It is sometimes called a "surgical abortion."

If you are thinking of having an abortion, talk with your health care provider. Your provider can explain how the procedures are done, as well as the risks and benefits of each.

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