Termination of Pregnancy (Abortion)
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Abortion is the spontaneous or induced termination of pregnancy. Abortion in England, Scotland and Wales is regulated by the Abortion Act 1967. All abortions other than those performed as an emergency require approval by two registered medical practitioners and must be performed in facilities registered for this purpose. Prior to proceeding with an abortion it is imperative that an intrauterine pregnancy be confirmed to avoid missing an ectopic pregnancy. Women should be informed that there is a small risk of failure to end the pregnancy and a risk of further intervention after the initial treatment. For pregnancy less than 14 weeks either a surgical or medical abortion is a feasible option whereas after 14 weeks, a medical termination would be advisable.
KeywordsAbortion Termination of pregnancy Abortion Act Uterine perforation Incomplete abortion Retained products of conception
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