illegal abortion


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crim·i·nal a·bor·tion

termination of pregnancy in violation of law.
Synonym(s): illegal abortion

illegal abortion

an abortion performed contrary to the laws regulating abortion. Illegal abortions are often associated with life-threatening complications. See also septic abortion.
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The Filipina, aged 30, had taken a cocktail of painkillers and illegal abortion pills after becoming pregnant outside of marriage.
While more than 200 women died from illegal abortion in 1965, that number dropped significantly after the case was heard, with less than 10 maternal deaths each year from abortion.
The case against a Birmingham doctor accused of arranging an illegal abortion for her daughter abroad has been dropped, the Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday.
It may interest your readers that I have put together a sort of "memo" about "Maternal deaths from illegal abortions," to keep handy in case I need to refute misconceptions, mistakes or lies that claim that since with illegal abortion (back street, coat hangers, pregnant women die in huge numbers) we have to leave the current status of abortion in our country untouched.
A woman who gets an illegal abortion in Nigeria faces seven years in prison and the doctor faces 14, so the UN estimates that only 40 percent of the country's abortions are actually performed by doctors, or those with medical training.
Women with unwanted pregnancies must seek illegal abortion services or try termination methods that are even more risky to their health.
The maximum penalty in Argentina is five years; there, illegal abortion is the leading cause of maternal death.
The illegal abortion industry will do for DEA what cocaine and heroin never could.
There was the woman who had a picture of her grandmother who had died from a botched illegal abortion.
They had this to say: "The evidence which the Commission has heard at the various sittings which it has conducted throughout New Zealand suggests that the traditional back street concept of illegal abortion is not prevalent in New Zealand.
Thus, the initial increase in the number of legal abortions was likely due to the declining demand for illegal abortion services as legal abortion became available.