Therapeutic abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It is done before the fetus is able to survive on its own. A surgical therapeutic abortion is done using one of three methods:

  • Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)
  • Dilation and suction curettage ( D&C)
  • Dilation and evacuation (D&E)

Undilated Cervix
female organs cervix
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A therapeutic abortion may be done to:

  • Preserve the mother’s physical or mental health
  • End a pregnancy that tests have shown would result in a child with severe abnormalities