There are two types of abortion procedures: Surgical and Medical

Some of the terms you might hear around a Surgical Abortion may include: Early Surgical Abortion, Abortion Care, In-Clinic Abortion, a D & C and Induction. There are different types of procedures and are used for different stages of pregnancy. The method depends on the number of weeks you are pregnant.

Some of the terms you might hear around a Medical Abortion may include: the Abortion Pill, RU-486 and Medication Abortion.

Find out more about each method, understand your risks and learn about your legal rights:

Surgical Abortion

Medical Abortion

Medical Terms

  • Cervix – the bottom opening to the uterus.
  • Embryo – human life at its earliest developmental stage.
  • Fertilization – joining of a male sperm and the female egg to form a human embryo.
  • Fetus – a developing unborn baby with an observable human structure.
  • Full Term Pregnancy – the stage at about 40 weeks after last menstrual period or 38 weeks after fertilization when the unborn baby is ready for birth.
  • Last Menstrual Period (LMP) – the date when a woman started her last menstrual cycle before fertilization. This is the point in time from which the pregnancy and the age of the unborn baby are measured.
  • Trimester – an interval of three months used to measure three successive stages of pregnancy – first trimester, second trimester, and third trimester.
  • Uterus – the muscular female organ that contains the developing unborn baby