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(ă-bort)1 to terminate a process or disease before its full course has been run.2 to remove or expel an embryo or fetus from the uterus before it is capable of independent existence. See abortion.
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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2003
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Muslim jurists uniformly hold abortion to be blameworthy but permissible under certain conditions. Ensoulment of the fetus is understood to

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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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2005
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In 1962, Shery Finkbine, a middle-class mother of four, became pregnant while using the tranquilizer thalidomide, a drug that

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The Oxford Companion to Medicine (3 ed.)

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2006
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The loss of an immature embryo or fetus before viability is an abortion. When this happens spontaneously, the softer English

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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The artificial termination of an established pregnancy. In all religions, there is a general tendency to disapprove, but the fact

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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There is no actual prohibition in the Bible against aborting a foetus. Nevertheless, in the unanimously accepted Jewish consensus, abortion

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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Abortion as such is not discussed in the Bible, so any explanation of why it is not legislated or commented

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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(ἄμβλωσις), usually motivated by illegitimate conception, was practiced in Byz. but condemned by both imperial legislation and church canons. Justinian

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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[This entry includes two subentries, an overview and a discussion of abortion in the United States. See also

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Encyclopedia of Social Work (20 ed.)

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Until the 19th century, abortion law was nonexistent and abortion was not seen as a moral issue. However, by the

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Judith A. Baer

The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2 ed.)

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Alexis de Tocqueville observed in Democracy in America that “there is hardly a political question in the United States which

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

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2009
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Legal experts define abortion as the deliberate expulsion of the fetus from the womb prematurely and artificially without the presence

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Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3 ed.)

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2009
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There is no specific provision of binding international law that deals directly with the question of abortion. Art. 4(1) of

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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2003
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means the end of a pregnancy before the fetus can survive. It may be either spontaneous — when it is

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

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2004
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As many as 7–10 per cent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage or ‘spontaneous’ abortion, a natural form of birth

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A Dictionary of Buddhism

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2004
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Abortion as a moral problem is not discussed at length in Buddhist literature. However, there are sufficient references in the

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Oxford Companion to Australian Politics

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2008
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796 words

The regulation of abortion is an issue that flares up periodically in Australian politics, rather than being a topic of

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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2010
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Not an ethical issue in the OT; maintaining population growth was a national priority. But cf. Jer. 20: 15–18. For

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Termination of pregnancy before a fetus is sufficiently advanced to survive outside the mother's uterus. Spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) occurs

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