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as in:  have an abortion

Abortion is a tough issue. Some consider it a question of a woman’s right to control her body, but others consider it a question of defending the helpless from murder.
  intentional ending of pregnancy by killing and removing the fetus or embryo
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abortion abortions
Strongly Associated with:   abort
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb abort to a noun.
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  • Abortion is a tough issue. Some consider it a question of a woman’s right to control her body, but others consider it a question of defending the helpless from murder.
  • No abortion, no religion, and nothing about today’s botched lockdown drill, okay?
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • On one side, people were murdering abortion doctors to protect the right to life, while on the other side people were getting pregnant just to sell their fetal tissue.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I won’t have an abortion.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • A concoction of the plumbago is given to produce abortion.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • They weren’t able to have children—a botched abortion had left Erlene barren—but they had a wonderful life together for almost thirty years.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Amy’s father, a small man in a powder-blue jogging suit, spoke to him familiarly and even kindly, and her mother patted Denny’s hand in a consoling way after he finally allowed that an abortion might be wiser.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Dina listens to conservative talk radio, belongs to a fundamentalist Christian church, and has a "Guns don’t kill people—abortion clinics do" bumper sticker on her car.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • She obviously had something to say, so I wished she would just get on with it, because she wasn’t going to intimidate me no matter how many rumors I had heard about her: drug dealing, illegal abortions, knife wielding.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I see words on the front pages of newspapers that never used to be said out loud, much less printed—sexual intercourse, abortion, incest—and I want to hide their eyes, even though they are grown-up, or what passes for it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • She made a few phone calls, found a Jewish doctor in Manhattan, and took me to his office, where I had an abortion.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The beauty parlors were good for two, three abortions a week.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They knew his clumsy abortions and the little brown pennies he gave sparingly for alms.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • We both knew her to be violently opposed to abortions, and she would very likely order me to quit school.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • She did confirm that should I choose abortion, my parents would not have to know.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • In the past, Mrs. Bradley had notes dropped in her bag suggesting group discussions on abortion, family violence, cheating—on boyfriends, girlfriends, on tests.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • I could never have an abortion.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • When she wanted compensation, his lawyer got someone to try to convince her to have an abortion.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • ’I was going to have an abortion,’ Alex said, as if she’d read Lacy’s mind.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • It was all right when you amused yourself by praising some horrible abortion of Grandpaw Holcombe’s or panning the pants off your own father and that pretty butcher’s-calendar boy that he’s got himself for a partner.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Perhaps he got it as his scientific predecessor in the same field, Desmarest, got one of his authentic abortions; that is, from a Chinese drawing.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It’s Janine, telling about how she was gang-raped at fourteen and had an abortion.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • In spite of this the girls usually chose abortion.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Go home and think of your first husband divorced and your second husband killed in a jet and your third husband blowing his brains out, go home and think of the dozen abortions you’ve had, go home and think of that and your damn Caesarian sections, too, and your children who hate your guts!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • It was to raise everybody’s standard of living and provide a roast of pork every Sunday for every man, woman, child and abortion in the People’s State of Mexico.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Beyond simply knowing their tissues are being used in research, some tissue-rights activists believe donors should have the right to say, for example, that they don’t want their tissues used for research on nuclear weapons, abortion, racial differences, intelligence, or anything else that might run contrary to their beliefs.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • "Yes, of course, darling," Ira cried, and all the guilt of her efforts to have an abortion was in her voice.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • I think you should have an abortion.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • So, what, I have to get an abortion?
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • I was performing a kind of self-abortion with those aspirin.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animate abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarise it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • She had an annulled high school marriage and an abortion behind her.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • As a nurse with a clipboard asked if she’d had any abortions before, Barbara nodded and then said nothing for a moment.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Maybe she’ll think it’s some sort of abortion contraption!
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • 1 will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked nor suggest any such counsel, and in like manner I will not give to a woman the means to produce an abortion.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Was he-none of the daughters really believed this, but to contemplate it was a wonderful little explosion in their heads— was he maybe dealing drugs or doing abortions in his office?
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • He knew the student who had originally drafted this abortion they called SAPS.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • They rent beach houses in Cancun during Spring Break and get group-rate abortions before the prom.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • But what she wanted to discuss over coffee was a new method of abortion she had heard about.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "The government will force you to have an abortion," one of my sisters-in-law replied.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I gave you possibilities such as war, world hunger, abortion, the homeless, children’s rights, spiritual beliefs, political ideologies, et cetera.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • To such men the desperate and horrible thought has come that perhaps the whole of human life is but a bad joke, a violent and ill-fated abortion of the primal mother, a savage and dismal catastrophe of nature.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • You are an abortion.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • As with most bad poets, I was unaware of this fact, secure in my arrogance that the very act of creating gave some worth to the worthless abortions I was spawning.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And all this is gained only by human strife and longing; by ceaseless training and education; by founding Right on righteousness and Truth on the unhampered search for Truth; by founding the common school on the university, and the industrial school on the common school; and weaving thus a system, not a distortion, and bringing a birth, not an abortion.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Then spake young Stephen orgulous of mother Church that would cast him out of her bosom, of law of canons, of Lilith, patron of abortions, of bigness wrought by wind of seeds of brightness or by potency of vampires mouth to mouth or, as Virgilius saith, by the influence of the occident or by the reek of moonflower or an she lie with a woman which her man has but lain with, effectu secuto, or peradventure in her bath according to the opinions of Averroes and Moses Maimonides.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Volumnia, in her room up a retired landing on the staircase—the second turning past the end of the carving and gilding, a cousinly room containing a fearful abortion of a portrait of Sir Leicester banished for its crimes, and commanding in the day a solemn yard planted with dried-up shrubs like antediluvian specimens of black tea—is a prey to horrors of many kinds.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • " ’tis an abortion of a monkey," remarked Gauchère.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • By what monstrous abortion of fate did these abide in the shadow of Dyer?
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
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