Abortion, induced

Medically induced termination of pregnancy. Abortion may be performed if continuation of the pregnancy would risk the woman’s life, if the mental or physical health of the woman or her existing children is at risk, or if there is a substantial risk of handicap to the baby. Depending on the stage of pregnancy, termination may be induced by using drugs or by the surgical technique of vacuum suction curettage, under either a general or local anaesthetic, during which the fetal and placental tissues are removed. Complications are rare.


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