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Abortion is the termination of pregnancy before birth resulting in or accompanied by the death of the fetus Some abortions occur naturally because a fetus does not develop normally Or because the mother has an injury or disorder that prevents her from carrying the pregnancy to a full term This type of abortion is commonly known as a miscarriage Other abortions are induced Induced abortions are intentionally brought on either because a pregnancy is unwanted or presents a risk to a womans health Induced abortion has become one of the most ethical and philosophical issues of the late 20th century Modern medical techniques have made induced abortions simpler and less dangerous But in the United States the debate over abortion has led to legal battles in the courts in the Congress of the United States and state legislatures It has proven to be spilled over into confrontations which are sometimes violent at clinics where abortions are performed There are many different methods in having an abortion Induced abortions are performed using one of several methods The safest and most useful and appropriate method is determined by the age of the fetus or the length of pregnancy which is calculated from the beginning of the pregnant womans last menstrual period Most pregnancies last an average of 39 to 40 weeks about 9 months This period of time is broken up into three parts known as trimesters The first trimester is the first 13 weeks the second trimester is from the 14 to 24 week and the third trimester lasts from the 25th week to birth Abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy are easier and safer to perform that is because the fetus is smaller Abortions in the second and third trimesters are more complicated procedures which present greater risks to a womans health In the United States a pregnant womans risk of death from a first-term abortion is less than
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