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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
  1. Should we add or expand coverage of a particular aspect of abortion?
    It is likely that we have already done so. There was so much information on abortion that we decided to split it all into separate articles. This article is concise because we've tried to create an overview of the entire topic here by summarizing many of these more-detailed articles. The goal is to give readers the ability to pick the level of detail that best suits their needs. If you're looking for more detail, check out some of the other articles related to abortion.
  2. This article seems to be on the long side. Should we shorten it?
    See above. The guidelines on article length contain exceptions for articles which act as "starting points" for "broad subjects." Please see the archived discussion "Article Length."
  3. Should we include expert medical or legal advice about abortions?
    No. Wikipedia does not give legal or medical advice. Please see Wikipedia:Medical disclaimer and Wikipedia:Legal disclaimer for more information.
  4. Should we include or link to pictures of fetuses and/or the end products of abortion?
    No consensus. See the huge discussion on this topic in 2009 here. Consistently, there has been little support for graphic "shock images"; while images were added in 2009 the topic remains contentious, and some images have been removed.
  5. Should we include an image in the lead?
    No consensus. Numerous images have been proposed for the article lead. However, no image achieved consensus and the proposal that garnered a majority of support is to explicitly have no image in the lead.
Former good article Abortion was one of the Natural sciences good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
Article milestones
Date Process Result
December 26, 2006 Good article nominee Listed
January 14, 2008 Good article reassessment Delisted
February 21, 2015 Good article nominee Not listed
Current status: Delisted good article
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how old is the legality of abortion diagram?[edit]

New Zealand is marked as illegal, and its totally legal here see (talk) 16:00, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 4 December 2016[edit] (talk) 01:07, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. —MRD2014 (talkcontribs) 03:37, 5 December 2016 (UTC)


One step to getting this back to GA status would be to get rid of the Animals section - should be moved elsewhere --Michael Goodyear (talk) 04:55, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 26 February 2017[edit]

Diegoxlon (talk) 17:05, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
You didn't provide a reason to edit the page. --DashyGames (talk) 17:20, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
Not done: as you have not requested a change.
Please request your change in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Please also cite reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 19:25, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

things to be improved on[edit]

1. I found that the "mental health" category was not that informative. the points made were good but lacked a lot of important information. 2. some of the percentages and facts are out of date, every year it changes and needs to be updated. Beccawhisenant (talk) 13:12, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

We need high quality sources to update. Which fates do you have newer sources for? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:14, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 11 May 2017[edit]

It says that the Church did not vigorously condemdn abortion till the 19th century but this isnt true, the Church condemned abortion since its beginning (talk) 08:50, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

You'll need a reliable source, rather more independent than the Eternal Word Television Network to prove this. At times, the church has even condoned genocides, for instance, of Jews, Muslims, indigenous peoples, and other Christian sects. See Crusades and Conquistador. Don't believe everything you read from one source, particularly when that source is trying to convince you of one viewpoint. LeadSongDog come howl! 15:26, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

You should reference the Didache, a first-century teaching of Church which forbids abortion. I'll leave it to you to come up with a wikipedia-acceptable sourcing of the text, but here's one: (talk) 18:50, 19 May 2017 (UTC)