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Commonly refers to the induced removal of a zygote, embryo, or fetus before viability. Elective abortions often only occur in the first trimester, and any abortions that take place in the second or third trimester are done strictly for medical reasons.

Is abortion murder? No, it does not fit the legal definition. Murder requires the victim to be a legal person -- a born human. In some cases, it also applies to third-trimester fetuses, as they may have reached viability. Abortions that occur at this time only occur because the mother's health is in danger, the fetus will not survive after birth, or the fetus is already dead and has not miscarried.

Is the fetus a person? Legally, it is not recognized as a person. As the concept of personhood is subjective, there are many individuals which believe the fetus deserves the rights we have. This is where all abortion debates stem from.

Is abortion a solution for teenage sluts who don't use protection? As a whole, no. Of all women who seek abortion, less than 10% had used no contraception. Teenagers who seek abortions account for less than 20% of the whole. The largest group of women seeking abortions, at 33%, is married women who either already have children or want children in the future but are not yet ready.

Does abortion cause infertility and other complications? Very rarely. In early abortions, complications are very scarce, and any complications that arise are usually dealt with. Late term abortions present more of a risk to complications, but it still rather low. Death is extremely rare. Childbirth can be up to 11 times more dangerous than abortion.

Does abortion cause psychological problems? Very few. Approximately 90% of women feel no guilt or depression, instead, many report a sense of relief. Of the remaining 10% that do suffer emotional problems, most suffer short-term guilt or depression which quickly mends its self. Very few suffer long-term psychological problems. Compare this to the 70% of women who suffer post-partum depression after childbirth.

Does the fetus feel pain? In almost every abortion, no. A part of the brain called the cerebral cortex is necessary to receive and perceive pain -- it is also necessary to have awareness, sensation, voluntary movement, etc. This part of the brain does not begin functioning until the third trimester. The fetuses involved in the very few abortions that occur at this time may feel pain. In prior trimesters, the fetus is incapable of feeling pain.

How is an abortion done? The most common procedure, done in the first trimester, is vacuum aspiration. After the cervix is dilated, the fetus is suctioned out out of the uterus via a tube no larger than a standard drinking straw. In most cases, the fetus does not need to be mutilated into pieces in order for this procedure to happen. The procedure takes around 10-15 minutes.

Isn't adoption a better option? While adoption is a valid solution to an unwanted pregnancy, it has many flaws. The woman must remain pregnant and give birth. The cost of vaginal delivery with a one-day stay can cost upwards of $3,500. This does not include the cost of pre-natal care. As a whole, adoption is an institute that caters to the wants and wallets of rich, infertile Caucasian couples who want perfectly healthy, Caucasian newborns. Sometimes preferably female. There are so many couples waiting to adopt, but so many children not getting adopted. Why? Because they don't fit these traits.

It's an innocent little baby! Shut up.
"Lisa had an abortion because she could not afford the pregnancy, much less raising a child."
by Katrina B. June 26, 2005
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A murderous medical procedure that all good soccer moms have if they discover they are pregnant with a male child in their first pregnancy. All good soccer moms have a girl first. Then a boy if necessary.
Taylor the soccer mom got rid of that nasty male fetus by having an abortion.
by Cap'n Bullmoose April 21, 2005
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ok listen very closely... for all you pro lifers out there this may be hard to underrstand. you say the death sentence for a terrorist is right but who's the ones bombing a fucking clinic that can save womens lives? an abortion is terminating a pregnancy. its a fuckin cluster of cells ok get over it! it's the womans choice. it's not in the bible what life is. are you saying a bird has no soul but we do? whats so great about us? we fuck up everything!
suzie got an abortion because she and her embryo would die due to medical conditions

NOW STOP USING FUCKIN URBAN DICT. TO FIGHT UR ALL LIKE A FRICKEN 2 YR OLD!
by holoindustry August 08, 2008
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A great way of controlling the human population so as to not have unwanted children roaming the earth using up all the wanted children's resources.
-I just had an abortion. I wasn't ready to be a parent and I didn't want to contibute to overpopulation.
-Good for you!
by SPFAN00 May 25, 2005
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The act of killing a zygote. But what exactly is a zygote? " A cell that is the result of fertilization." Yes, one cell. Itch your arm: You just lost thousands of cells. How many cells are in an adult body? 100 trillion. Yes, trillion. You kill in war, death penalty, and hunt animals, but you can't kill one cell? By the way, a zygote CAN'T fell pain because it doesn't have any nerves. The earth is already WAY overpopulated: 3,000 starving african children (just children, not adults) die every day because they have no food to eat, and you want more? Why should we ruin a girl's life just because she got pregnant? Killing a fly hurts more that killing zygote, so stop saying that it hurts. If you eat meat, odds are you kill over 50 animals a year, why are zygotes any different? Yes, I'm a virgin, but that doesn't mean I hate any one who isn't.
Amy: (Crying) I have to get an abortion...
Jenny: SATAN!

Jack: ABORTION IS KILL!
Danny: But your dad's in the army, the guy who slept with your girlfriend got the death penalty, and your eating a chicken sandwich right now.
Jack: But thats different, because those things can fell it, and zygotes can't.
Danny: WTF???
by angelicawalker123 February 27, 2009
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The only garaunteed form of birth control.
You're pregnant again!?! Go get the fucking clothes hanger!

Abortion = birth control
by youmightknowme March 19, 2008
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The legalized murdering of your unborn child, usually within the first three months of pregnancy. Sure, you're against war, violence, and hate; but you sure don't give a crap if you kill your soon-to-be-born son or daughter before it EVEN has the chance to LIVE!
Have you considered giving up the kid for adoption as an alternative to abortion? There are countless American couples out there who are unable to have children, and are so determined that they go overseas to places like Korea in order to adopt children. Why not give your unwanted baby to one of these loving couples, huh?
by Proud to be from a Red State February 22, 2005
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