An abortion is when the pregnancy is ended so that it does not result in the birth of a child. Sometimes this is called 'termination of pregnancy'. The pregnancy is removed from the womb, either by taking pills (medical abortion) which involves taking medicines to cause a miscarriage or by surgery (surgical abortion) where the pregnancy is removed from the womb.
History of abortion The first recorded proof of induced abortion is from the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, 1550 BC. Chinese documents show records of royal concubines who had abortions in China at around 500 BC. Chinese folklore talks about Emperor Shennong prescribing mercury to induce abortions five thousand years ago. A number of methods were used in the past, such as the administration of abortifacient herbs, inserting sharpened implements, and other techniques. When the topic of abortion is discussed people tend to take one of two standpoints. My