Abortion

ending a pregnancy.

Abortion Pill
or 
Medication Abortion

the use of 2 medications to safely end a pregnancy (mifepristone and misoprostol) can be done at home.

Conception

when a pre-embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus, pregnancy begins.

D & C
Dilation & Curettage

using a curette to gently scrape the inner lining of the uterus to remove tissue. 

Dilators

series of rods used to stretch open the cervix.

Emergency Contraception
or 
Morning After Pill

pills made from hormones to prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

Miscarriage

when an embryo or fetus dies before the 20th week of pregnancy.

Pro-Choice

supporting the right to safe and legal abortion care.

Viability

ability for a fetus to survive outside of the uterus.

Aspiration abortion
or
In-Clinic Abortion

procedure to end a pregnancy by removing the contents of the uterus with gentle suction.

Body Autonomy

ability to decide what happens to your body without outside influence or control. 

Complete Miscarriage

when a pregnancy ends on its own with no medical treatment.

D & E
Dilation & Evacuation

using suction and medical tools to remove tissue from the uterus.

Ectopic Pregnancy
or
Tubal Pregnancy

a pregnancy that implants outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube.

Full Spectrum Doula

a person who offers support during the full spectrum of pregnancy including abortion care.

Missed Abortion
or 
Missed Miscarriage

when tissue remains behind in the uterus after a pregnancy has ended and sometimes will need medical treatment.

Therapeutic Abortion

ending a pregnancy because of fetal abnormality or protecting the physical/mental health of the pregnant person.