Medical Overview of Abortion

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Background on the Medical Overview of Abortion

For the chapter titled  “Medical Overview of Abortion,” we include information beyond what is found in a traditional medical dictionary.  It is our intent to provide a summary of medical terms and procedures in order to help lawyers, administrators and policymakers understand the different abortion methods and procedures, instruments, anesthesia, contra-indications and complications without having to search through medical textbooks and studies.  However, the Medical Overview is not intended to serve as a medical textbook or clinical practice reference.  We include clinical references, both online and in print, for those who desire additional information.

Gestational Ages and Trimesters

Methods and Procedures



Other Medications

Sources for More Detailed Information