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CHAPTER SIXTEEN 

 

ABORTION AND MISCARRIAGE 

 

Definition of Word Abortion--Definition of Word Miscarriage-- 

Spontaneous Abortion--Induced Abortion--Therapeutic Abortion-- 

Criminal Abortion--Missed Abortion--Habitual Abortion--Syphilis 

as Cause of Abortion and Miscarriage--Dangers of Abortion-- 

Abortion an Evil. 

 

 

The word abortion, used somewhat loosely, signifies the premature 

expulsion of the fetus; the expulsion of the fetus from the womb 

before it is viable, i.e., before it is capable of living 

independently. Used in a stricter sense, the word abortion is applied 

to the expulsion of the fetus up to the end of the 16th week; to the 

expulsion of the fetus between the 16th and the 28th week the term 

miscarriage is applied; and when the expulsion of the fetus takes 

place after the 28th week, but before full term, we use the term 

premature labor. The laity does not like the term abortion, as it is 

under the impression that the term always signifies criminal abortion; 

it therefore prefers to use the term miscarriage ("miss"), regardless 

of the time at which the expulsion of the fetus takes place. 

 

When an abortion (or miscarriage) takes place by itself, without any 

outside aid, we call it _spontaneous abortion_. When it is brought on 

by artificial means, whether by the woman herself or by somebody else, 

we call it _induced_ abortion. When an abortion is induced for the 

purpose of saving the woman's life, we call it _therapeutic_ abortion; 

this is considered perfectly legal and proper. But where an abortion 

is induced merely to save an unmarried mother's reputation, or because 

the married mother is too poor or too weak to have any more children, 

or is reluctant to have any (or any more) for any other reason, it is 

called _criminal_ or _illegal_ abortion, and, if discovered, subjects 

the mother and the person who produced the abortion to severe 

punishment. 

 

When the fetus for some reason dies in its mother's womb, it is 

generally expelled within a few hours or days. Sometimes this is not 

the case, and the dead fetus is retained for several weeks, or months 

or even years; to such a phenomenon we apply the term _missed_ 

abortion. Some women suffer from what might be called the abortion 

habit; they can hardly ever carry a child to full term, but lose it in 

the same month or even in the same week of gestation during each 

pregnancy; we call this habitual abortion. And this habitual abortion 

may be independent of disease, such, for instance, as syphilis. The 

terms _threatened_, _imminent_ and _inevitable_ abortion require no 

further explanation. 

 

=The Causes of Abortion.= Outside of the abortion habit, which may be 

due partly to heredity or be caused by a diseased condition of the 

lining membrane of the uterus, the principal cause of abortion and 


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