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What Is Abortion

Merriam-Webster’s definition of “abortion” is the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus. The full definition goes on to differentiate between 1) the spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation, also known as “miscarriage,” and 2) the induced expulsion of a human fetus.

That’s the definition of abortion, but if you are asking “What is abortion?” it may be much more than simply a definition that you need. If you or someone you know and care about is asking, “What is abortion?” it may be that you are facing an unintended pregnancy and that’s why you need to learn more.

We will share some basic facts with you in this article, but more important than that, we invite you to contact us for all the answers and support you need. At Avenue Women’s Center, we have been providing confidential and compassionate assistance and services in Chicagoland for unintended pregnancies for thirty-five years. Our consultations are free, as are many of our services. You can reach us by phone, text, email or chat to ask your questions or set up an appointment.

Certainly, abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. Most often, women consider having an abortion because their pregnancy was unplanned or because their circumstances make them feel not ready to parent. Women in Illinois have options for how their abortions can be done, which include surgeries and medications. Each of the options comes with its own set of pros and cons.

When you’re considering “What is abortion?” we understand that you don’t only need to know facts about the options. Your situation is personal and unique to you. You may be wanting to proceed quickly and move on. You may be more conflicted and want more time for processing. You may know your preferred alternative, but be limited by other concerns. We are available to help with all of those aspects of your situation.

We have five clinics in DuPage County: Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, West Chicago, and Wood Dale, Illinois. Please contact us today, and allow us to help you answer the question, “What is abortion?”

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.