Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before the time of extrauterine viability. An abortion terminates the life of the embryo (the fertilized egg before three months of growth) or the fetus (after three months). Spontaneous abortions, also called miscarriages, occur when the fetus or embryo is spontaneously expelled by the body. An induced abortion occurs when there is deliberate human intervention to end the pregnancy. Induced abortions can be accomplished medically or surgically.

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