Merriam-Webster defines abortion as:
spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation
induced expulsion of a human fetus
expulsion of a fetus by a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy
a misshapen thing or person
informal + sometimes offensive : something regarded as horrifically or disgustingly bad
arrest of development (as of a part or process) resulting in imperfection
Abortion Procedure by Trimester
Following are the procedures used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics. See our Fetal Development page for information on the stage of development the unborn child has achieved for each procedure.
A complete description of these abortion procedures including short term and long term health consequences and psychological consequences can be found here.
First Trimester Abortion Procedures
Suction Curettage (vacuum aspiration) - Video
Dilation and Curettage (D&C) - Video
Abortion Pill (RU-486) - Video
Second and Third Trimester Abortion Procedures
Saline Abortion (salt poisoning of the child)
Induction (digoxin - cardiac arrest) - Video
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) - Video
Partial Birth Abortion (D&X) - Video
Specialized Abortion Procedure
Post Abortion Infanticide
What Happens To Children That Survive An Abortion (Video)?
(Spoiler - they do not resuscitate. It' s an abortion!)