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abortion ə-bȯr-shən ( n )

1 :the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus

esp :the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy

2 :the crime of procuring or performing an illegal abortion [a conspiracy to commit ⁓ W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.] see also Roe v. Wade and Webster v. Reproductive Health Services in the Important Cases section

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