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I'm doing a debate on abortion in my history class and I was wondering how long a pregnant woman can physically have an abortion and what medical reasons can force a woman to have one?

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Hi. Medical abortion (RU486) used in very early pregnancy, the effectiveness declines after approimately 7 weeks. Surgical abortions are routinely performed until 12 weeks. After this time it is usually only performed if there is a serious congentital deformity of the baby or the life or wellbeing of the mother is in danger.
Reasons that a termination of pregnancy might be advised by a doctor include severe chromosomal disorders, severe deformities that will likely prove fatal when the baby is born, complications that could lead to the death of the mother
This is a highly charged topic, which is good for you because it means there is a lot of info on the net for whichever side of the debate you are on
Hope this helps.
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Many clincis perform abortions to 12 weeks like the previous poster said, but some clinics rountinely go up to 20 weeks.

89% of all abortions happen in the first trimester.

THERE ARE A VAST number of fetal deformitites that women abort for

Skeletial Dysplasia
Anencephaly
Hydrocephaly
Turners syndrome
Downs syndrome many more..
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