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Therapeutic abortion

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Therapeutic abortion  (THERAPEUTIC abortion)

A spontaneous abortion1, an unintentional abortion1 or, in nonmedical terms a miscarriage1 is an abortion which is not purposely caused. An intentional abortion2 or induced abortion2 is one which is purposely caused. A therapeutic abortion3 is one which is undertaken to safeguard the health of the mother. The laws of certain countries permit legal abortions4 for health or other reasons. Abortions which are induced contrary to law are called illegal abortions5 or criminal abortions5.

  • 1. miscarriage n. — miscarry v.