Abortion Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Abortion.

Abortion (noun): Legally, an abortion refers to the intentional termination of a pregnancy, causing the death of the embryo or fetus. This action, when done with unlawful intention, can be a punishable offense. However, in certain cases like when a woman's life is at risk, abortion may be legally justified. The Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 established that women have the right to terminate a pregnancy during the first three months of gestation.