Abortion Debate Glossary

30 Abortion terms

abolish
verb
Formally put an end to a system, practice, or institution.
fr: abolir
abort
verb
Carry out or undergo the abortion of a fetus.
Example: A woman can exercise her right to ABORT her foetus (pre-viability) for any reason, unlike the English position where justification is required for abortion.
fr: avorter
abortion
noun
The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
fr: avortement
ban
noun
An official or legal prohibition.
fr: interdire
birth
noun
The emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being.
fr: naissance
birth control
noun
The practice of preventing unwanted pregnancies, especially by use of contraception.
fr: contrôle des naissances
birth defect
noun
A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth and that may be inherited or the result of environmental influence.
fr: défaut de naissance
child
noun
A young human being below the age of puberty or below the legal age of majority.
fr: enfant
deprive
verb
Prevent (a person or place) from having or using something.
fr: priver
disability
noun
A physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.
fr: invalidité
ectopic pregnancy
noun
A pregnancy in which the fetus develops outside the uterus, typically in a fallopian tube.
fr: grossesse extra-utérine
embryo
noun
An unborn human offspring during the period from approximately the second to the eighth week after fertilization.
fr: embryon
eugenics
noun
The science of improving a population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics.
fr: eugénisme
fertilization
noun
The fusion of male and female gametes to form a zygote.
fr: fertilisation
feticide
noun
Destruction or abortion of a fetus.
fr: féticide
fetus
noun
An unborn or unhatched offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human more than eight weeks after conception.
fr: fœtus
impregnate
verb
Soak or saturate something with a substance.
fr: imprégner
medical emergency
noun
A serious and unexpected situation involving illness or injury and requiring immediate action.
fr: urgence médicale
pregnancy
noun
The condition or period of being pregnant.
fr: grossesse
rape
noun
Unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim.
fr: râpé
right to choose
noun
The moral or legal entitlement of a pregnant woman to make the full and final decision either to give birth to her child or to abort the fetus.
fr: droit de choisir
right to life
noun
Another term for pro-life.
fr: droit à la vie
sexual assault
noun
When someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent.
fr: agression sexuelle
teenage pregnancy
noun
A pregnancy that occurs for a woman under the age of 20.
fr: grossesse chez les adolescentes
terminate
verb
Bring to an end.
fr: mettre fin
termination
noun
The action of terminating something or the fact of being terminated.
fr: résiliation
unborn
adjective
Of a baby not yet born.
fr: à naître
underground
adjective
Beneath the surface of the ground.
fr: souterraine
unready
adjective
Not prepared for a situation or activity.
fr: pas prêt
unwanted
adjective
Not or no longer desired.
fr: indésirable