abortion noun

ADJ. back-street, illegal | legal | induced, spontaneous, therapeutic

VERB + ABORTION have When she got pregnant at 16 she decided to have an abortion. | carry out, do (informal), perform Some nurses wanted the right to refuse to perform abortions.

ABORTION + NOUN law, legislation the country's strict abortion laws | clinic, counselling

PREP. ~ on He carried out an abortion on a fifteen-year-old girl.

PHRASES abortion on demand (= the right to have an abortion if you want one) Women's groups are calling for free contraception and abortion on demand.