partial-birth abortion

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partial-birth abortion (plural partial-birth abortions)

  1. (US, law, colloquial) intact dilation and extraction

Usage notes[edit]

The term partial-birth abortion is used primarily in the United States, where the intact dilation and extraction procedure was banned in 2003 by a federal law, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Opinions on the acceptability of the term vary, and it is sometimes perceived as being a political dysphemism.