Elective Pregnancy Termination

  • Cassing Hammond
  • Sheila Mody


An important part of helping a woman safely through any pregnancy involves knowing how to safely end that pregnancy. Although inducing delivery of a term or preterm infant prompts limited conceptual dissent, inducing abortion to end a medically troubled or undesired pregnancy troubles some physicians and preoccupies many politicians. Meanwhile, half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. 22% of all pregnancies and 40% of unintended pregnancies undergo pregnancy termination. Each year in the United States, 2% of reproductive age women undergo abortion, and one half of those women will have had at least one prior abortion. Nearly one third of all US women will undergo an abortion by age 45.


Outpatient abortion Abortion Primary care gynecologist Counseling Safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern Memorial HospitalNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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