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Abortion Counseling

  1. Pamela A. Geller

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0004

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Geller, P. A. 2010. Abortion Counseling. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Drexel University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Induced abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy and is subcategorized into therapeutic and elective. Therapeutic abortion is performed following medical advisement in order to save the life of the pregnant woman, preserve the woman's physical or mental health, prevent the birth of a child with a congenital disorder that would be fatal or associated with significant morbidity, or selectively reduce the number of fetuses to lessen health risks associated with multiple conceptions. Elective abortion is the termination of a pregnancy performed for any other reason.