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An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so that it does not result in the birth of a baby. It's also known as a 'termination of pregnancy' or 'termination'.
When an abortion should be carried out
In England, Wales and Scotland abortion is legal up until 24 weeks of pregnancy, although most abortions are carried out much earlier than this
Why an abortion may be necessary
As well as a woman deciding to have an abortion due to her personal circumstances, there are also a number of medical reasons why an abortion may be necessary
How an abortion is carried out
In the UK, abortions can only be carried out in a hospital or a specialist licensed clinic. There are a number of different medical and surgical methods of abortion
Risks of an abortion
No clinical procedure is entirely risk free, but abortion poses few risks to a woman's physical health, particularly when carried out during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.