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Stats moved from main abortion article

I have moved this out of the main abortion article as it is too detailed there. I haven't checked if this content is redundant here, so I am coming to talk to see if any regulars here would like to give a shot in integrating this text:

In the United States, abortion has predominantly been provided in high volume abortion clinics since its legalization in the 70’s. Approximately 93% of abortions in the United States are performed in clinic settings (defined as 400+/year). 80% are performed in large clinics (1000+/year). Hospitals provide 5% of abortion services; physicians provide 2% of abortion services. From 1996 to 2000, all types of providers decreased in their percentage of abortions performed except the highest volume clinics (5000+/year). Thus, abortions are increasingly concentrated among a smaller number of very large providers. [1] [2]. Since 2000 there have been significant efforts to mainstream early abortion services into family practice settings. [3] [4] Medical abortion and Manual Vacuum Aspiration (both considered nonsurgical abortions) are now being offered in general family practice offices.

-Andrew c [talk] 22:32, 10 October 2007 (UTC)


Under "Additional Statistics", the following appeared:

An April 2006 Harris poll on Roe v. Wade, asked, "In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that states laws which made it illegal for a woman to have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy were unconstitutional, and that the decision on whether a woman should have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy should be left to the woman and her doctor to decide. In general, do you favor or oppose this part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making abortions up to three months of pregnancy legal?", to which 49% of respondents indicated favor while 47% indicated opposition. The Harris organization has concluded from this poll that "49 percent now support Roe vs. Wade." In fact, the poll question only dealt with first trimester abortions, and it is known that the legality of later abortions is more controversial (see above). Pro-life groups assert that the media has often misreported polls on the issue of abortion.

The first sentence following the actual statistics is debatable, but the remainder is clearly not npov and represents a flagrant abuse of facts (the question was phrased to explicitly limit its scope to the aspect of Roe dealing with first trimester abortions; the commentary goes on to say that it's narrower than this because it only pertains to first trimester abortions) and insertion of opinion under the tired "some people say..." dodge. I've cut the portion following the actual statistic since it is at best misinformed (by implying that Roe is the root of all abortion) and has more likely willfully "misreported polls on the issue of abortion". Also, did a grammar edit. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:13, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

I agree. The sentences you removed were uncited and rather POV. · jersyko talk 04:18, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Late Term Reasons Study Misread by Contributor

<quote>In 1987, the Alan Guttmacher Institute collected questionnaires from 1,900 women in the United States who came to clinics to have abortions. Of the 1,900, 420 had been pregnant for 16 or more weeks. These 420 women were asked to choose among a list of reasons why they had not obtained the abortions earlier in their pregnancies. The results were as follows:</quote>

<quote>In all, 1900 women responded with useful information, of whom 420 had been pregnant for 16 or more weeks. Because such women had been oversampled, their reasons for having an abortion were weighted to reflect the proportion of U.S. abortion patients who obtain midtrimester abortions.</quote>

The first quote is from the article as it is, now. The second quote is from cited the study itself. The article claims that the results that follow are the statistics pertaining to only the responses of the late term abortion patients. The study, however, does not make that distinction in its results and in fact is meant to be a representation of all abortion patients, as the obtained reponses of the midtrimester abortion patients are scaled down to represent the group more accurately in the total number of abortion patients in the United States. The wiki article's claim is outright false and misrepresentative of late term abortion patients. In the interest of factual truth, someone please remove that segment or find a better suited set of statistics ASAP.

DGrayson (talk) 14:04, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

State to state differences

I was expecting to find an entire section in this article dealing with the state to state differences, in terms of availability, public funding, legal restrictions, legislation, etc. But there is only a single paragraph summarizing the situation. I know this article has a devoted coterie of editors, so I strongly urge you to expand that paltry paragraph into a full section. Regards, Cgingold (talk) 00:55, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Definition of abortion "in medical terms"...?

At the top of the page, there, first paragraph ... Should I insert a citation needed tag? Who says that's what an abortion means in medical terms? I don't think the layman is familiar with medical terminology for that claim to be public knowledge. -- Newagelink (talk) 04:41, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Major Shift in Abortion Demographics

I don't have time right now to incorporate this, so I post it here on the talk page -

Mandatory waiting periods map

The choice of ranges for the two colors on the map seemed designed to make the average waiting period look longer. While the vast majority of states mentioned in the sources have 24-hour waiting periods, they are all lumped in with the tiny minority of states that have longer periods, in the "24 hours or longer" group. In fact, if I read the sources correctly, all of the states in that category actually 24-hour waits, b/c the only states with longer requirements have enforcement stayed by a court. So now the map deceptively implies that some or all of those states have longer waiting periods, when in actuality, they're all (or nearly all) at 24 hours exactly. ~ MD Otley (talk) 16:50, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Statistics - Abortions and political party

Removed the section under statistics on abortion and political party because it does not have sufficient citations to establish that it is not WP:OR. The source cited does not appear to break down the statistics in the way presented. (Since the source publication coincides with the 2008 election, it would display marked clairvoyance if it did.) There are many other possible statistical differences between these groupings of states. Citation of reliable sources would be needed to establish connection between the results of the 2008 presidential election and abortion frequency. Zodon (talk) 22:58, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

Question: Why is there no clear section for the Pro-Choice groups, like there is for the Pro-Life groups. I do not mean to sound ignorant or ill-informed. but someone reading a Wiki article on the topic needs clear topic headings. One glancing at this page would conclude that the article was not fair and leaned towards Pro-Life groups. —Preceding unsigned comment added by LiteratureAdore (talkcontribs) 01:58, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

I think perhaps there should be an "Abortion Debate" section, such as exists in the Abortion article. Then various pro-life and pro-choice arguments can be positioned head-to-head, regardless of political affiliation. V (talk) 16:41, 11 June 2010 (UTC)

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

"Legalization resulted in a dramatic decrease in women dying from abortion." You what else happened in that time frame? Advances in medicine. This is like saying the raised drinking age saved lives, ignoring the seatbelt laws that came into play. (talk) 17:16, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

What's your point? Besides that, what does this have to do with the article? If you're going to discuss the article, make your point clear. If you're going to discuss the topic, go elsewhere. Thanks. --132 04:09, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Outdated Research

Many of the statistics in this article are not from recent studies. For example, an April 2009 Pew Research Center study reported significantly different numbers than the ones in this article. May I suggest that we update the statistics to more recent studies, such as the one I posted?

Also, the article states "Since 1973, over 45 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States." The source for this states that this is the period between 1973 and 2005. Most of the numbers I see reported currently are at least 50 million.

Since so much of the studies used in this article are so old, it would take a significant amount of effort to update it. Should I start updating a few things?--Minimidgy (talk) 21:02, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

Sure, go ahead. But please leave older data that has no recent counterpart. For example, if an old poll in 1985 asked a question that is not asked by a more recent poll, then it's perfectly accurate for this article to give the results as long as we also say when the question was asked.Ferrylodge (talk) 21:46, 2 May 2009 (UTC)
The polling data, in particular, is quite dated (of course, it's also the most difficult to keep up to date, as new polls come out all the time). In addition to the Pew poll, there's also a new Gallup poll on the issue. The results are generally consistent with those of the Pew poll. EastTN (talk) 18:16, 15 May 2009 (UTC)


I have an issue with this statement "Moreover, due to the Hyde Amendment, many state health programs which poor women rely on for their health care do not cover abortions; currently only 17 states (including California, Illinois and New York) offer or require such coverage." The word "only" in this case reveals the likely bias of the author. Would 30 states be enough for the author to take the world "only" out? 40 states? How many? Either way I'm taking it upon myself to remove the word "only" since it reads the same without it. The only difference being that the bias is removed. This same statement is made in Hyde Amendment so I'm removing it from there as well. Please do not put it back in without explaining why it should be there. (talk) 15:39, 16 January 2010 (UTC)

Role of ultrasound in choice

I'd recommend a section, possibly integrated into another section, regarding the increased role of ultasound technology in women's choice to keep their babies. RMonWiki (talk) 18:35, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

Notification of new info in Public Opinion

Per the discussion at [[1]], I will be adding in the polling information previously provided at the Pro-life movement page, and then linking here to keep that page more concise. Let me know your thoughts on how and where to best incorporate this data. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 20:45, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

Messy Graphs

The graphs under Abortions/demographics are in a bit of a mess. Could someone (with more skill than me) try and shuffle them into place? It would make the article look more professional. InternetGoomba (talk) 17:14, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

More polling

I have removed a polling section from the pro-life article for various reasons. If anyone wants to salvage the content, please feel free, and make reference to the source article for CC-BY-SA attribution -Andrew c [talk] 23:30, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

Table by Year

Is there a reason that the table doesn't have Guttmacher numbers in it? It seems like it'd be easy to add an AGI column next to the CDC column, and (IMO) that would be a major improvement. A casual reader might think something very odd happened between 1997 & 1998. I'll change the table myself if it's just that no one wanted to be bothered, but I thought it best to ask on the TALK page first in case there's something controversial about the proposed change. OckRaz (talk) 21:15, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Number of abortions in United States

The lede in this section is inaccurate. The CDC numbers aren't the number of legal induced abortions. OckRaz (talk) 21:41, 25 August 2010 (UTC)


Americans, as noted by Gallup in "More Americans Pro-Life Than Pro-Choice", are now being polled as Pro-Life, as opposed to Pro-Choice, for the first time since 1995, when Gallup began tracking the issue.[5] CNN, in May 2007 earlier achieved this result, with just 45% surveying as Pro-Choice compared to 50% Pro-Life,[6] though at the time, Gallup a week later found 49% responding Pro-Choice with only 45% Pro-Life.[7]

Nevertheless, as Gallup now notes, abortion attitudes are indeed shifting. According to Gallup's most recent polling of the issue, the gap has now narrowed to a virtual deadlock:[8]

Date of Poll Pro- Life Pro- Choice Mixed / Neither Don't Know What Terms Mean No Opinion
2010, March 26-28 46% 45% 4% 2% 3%
2009, November 20-22 45% 48% 2% 2% 3%
2008, September 5-7 43% 51% 2% 1% 3%

According to Gallup's long-time polling on abortion, the majority of Americans are neither strictly Pro-Life or Pro-Choice; it depends upon circumstances. Gallup polling from 1996 to 2009 consistently reveals that when asked the question, "Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?", Americans repeatedly answer 'legal only under certain circumstances'. According to the poll, in any given year 48-57% say legal only under certain circumstances (for 2009, 57%), 21-34% say legal under any circumstances (for 2009, 21%), and 13-19% illegal in all circumstances (for 2009, 18%), with 1-7% having no opinion (for 2009, 4%).[8]

"Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?"

Legal under any circumstances Legal only under certain circumstances Illegal in all circumstances No opinion
2009 Jul 17-19 21% 57% 18% 4%
2009 May 7-10 22% 53% 23% 2%
2008 May 8-11 28% 54% 18% 2%
2007 May 10-13 26% 55% 17% 1%
2006 May 8-11 30% 53% 15% 2%

As detailed in Abortion_in_the_United_States, and further cited from the aforementioned Gallup poll on Abortion,[8], Americans overwhelmingly support abortion when the life of the mother is at stake, or when rape and incest has occurred, but do not support it when the woman does not want the child for any reason, or can not afford to have the child (perhaps given that adoption is the preferred alternative). They furthermore support abortion by a large margin in the 1st trimester, but only a small minority support it after the 3rd month of pregnancy. Polling by Gallup also reveals substantial support for many of the Pro-Life community's legislative initiatives.

If one looks at the historical data on the Gallup site, we see that the main cohorts in the opinion have remained generally consistent since US abortion attitudes closely divided. The largest cohort is middle of the road, favouring neither a total ban, nor total de-criminalization. One must fudge the data and use weasel words in order to ascribe the middle of the road cohort to the "pro-life" position. Historically, the "pro-life" camp has called abortion murder and has favoured a total ban on abortion. The only allowable defence in homicide is self defence. It follows that if abortion is murder, then it should only be allowed if the pregnancy itself threatens the prospective mother's life (not just her health generally). Those who allow abortion in any other circumstances are not "pro-life". The fact that Gallup follows the "pro-life" weasel wording on this does not mean we have to. Therefore

Gallup furthermore established public support for many issues supported by the Pro-Life community and opposed by the Pro-Choice community

is POV. We could also claim that the middle group is pro-choice because they allow some choice. Ermadog (talk) 22:38, 1 October 2010 (UTC)


  1. ^ Finer LB, Henshaw SK. Abortion Incidence and services in the United States in 2000.
  2. ^ Perspec Sex Reprod Health 2003;35(1):6-15)
  3. ^ Prine L, Lesnewski R, Bregman R. Integrating medical abortion into a residency practice. Fam Med 2003;35(7):469-71
  4. ^ Bennett IM, Aguirre AC, Burg J, et al. Initiating abortion training in residency programs: issues obstacles. Fam Med 2006; 38(5):330-5.)
  5. ^ Lydia Saad (2009-05-15). "More Americans “Pro-Life” Than “Pro-Choice” for First Time". Gallup Poll. 
  6. ^ "CNN Opinion Research Poll" (PDF).  (294 KiB), (2007-05-09). Retrieved 2007-05-27.
  7. ^ "Abortion" The Gallup Poll (5/21/2007) Retrieved 2007-05-28.
  8. ^ a b c "Abortion". Gallup Poll. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 

Acts of Reception and History of Common Law

When I wanted to find out how American law is based on English common law, I of course turned to wiki. Not being either a lawyer nor an American, I had no idea how to verify this. In consequence, it took a lot of clicking before finding the mention of Acts of Reception. There is a great deal more that could be said on this topic, but the easiest way to summarize it for purposes of this article is simply to point to the acts of Reception. Unfortunately, I have not yet figured out how to link to a specific section of a page and have had to resort to inelegant language to get my citation in. Any edit which cleans up the language yet retains the citation would not be challenged by me.

I think it's notable that Bouvier adopts the exact language of Coke, via Blackstone, in his Dictionary of the Law. Whether that carries more weight than Madison's commentary, I wouldn't know. However, he retains the wording dating back to Leges Henrici Primi, 1115, defining murder: the deceased must have been "a reasonable creature in rerum natura " and in the King's peace. The fetus is not deemed a reasonable creature, and until fully expelled from the womb was not an independent agent and therefore not in the King's peace. Bracton notwithstanding, the Leges deemed abortion "quasi-homicide", as did all subsequent law writers. The penalty for abortion was never as severe as for actual homicide. Citing Bracton and ignoring all the other writers, as the "pro-life" activists do, is POV. I have edited the Born alive rule page to reflect this, and am gradually working my way through the abortion project.Ermadog (talk) 21:58, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

Statistics by Maternal Age?

It would be useful to have a graph showing abortion rates and/or annual number of abortions by the mother's age. Tetsuo (talk) 20:28, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

Sure, but a woman who kills her unborn child is not a mother. Dylan Flaherty 20:47, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
No, don't go there... the definition of mother is so flexible that it can encompass the mere creation of a thing. In the broadest sense, a female is spoken of as a mother in regard to her potential or wish to breed. For instance, in infertility literature, the barren woman is often referred to as "the mother". Binksternet (talk) 21:05, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
Just take it as a side comment. I asked about this on Talk:Abortion and found out that this topic is a third rail. Dylan Flaherty 22:06, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
Yes, a graph would be useful, showing per capita abortion rates and total abortions by year. Binksternet (talk) 21:05, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

Current Status of Abortion Law?

I'm confused as to the status of abortion law after the fetus is viable. As I understand it, Planned Parenthood v. Casey establishes the "undue burden" test for a nonviable fetus. What is the test for a viable fetus? I hear the term "health and wellbeing of the mother" used quite a bit, but I don't find that anywhere in the article and I don't know whether that is actually part of law. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:55, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

I think that it is important to mention the current status of abortion in terms of the presidential election as well. This is part of the current status in this country. Where Obama was quoted saying "I am committed to protecting this constitutional right" (Obama, Jan. 22, 2012), Romney's website states that "Americans have a moral duty to uphold the sanctity of life and protect the weakest, most vulnerable and most innocent among us" (Romney, Sept. 12, 2012). With these two being the major competitors for this election abortion could be seeing some changes within the near future.


(Frysingerm (talk) 01:18, 18 September 2012 (UTC))

Even if Romney were to win the election, which is unlikely, his campaign rhetoric does not make for actual legislation. We will wait until legislative changes occur. Binksternet (talk) 04:45, 18 September 2012 (UTC)


  1. ^ "Should Abortion Remain a Legal Option in America? - 2012 Presidential Election -" Should Abortion Remain a Legal Option in America? - 2012 Presidential Election - N.p., 11 Sept. 2012. Web. 17 Sept. 2012. <>.

Unsourced and inaccurate material

The repeated insertion of unsourced and inaccurate polemical material needs to stop. This edit seems utterly inappropriate, but it is continually reinserted by an IP. As far as I am aware, no serious source considers abortion under the heading of "perinatal mortality". The leading causes of perinatal mortality in developed countries are generally understood to be congenital karyotypic anomalies, growth restriction, and maternal medical diseases. Could we see a source to support the assertions being made by the IP, per site policy? MastCell Talk 19:18, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

Congenital karyotypic anomalies? Now I have to do some homework I see. OrangeMarlin Talk• Contributions 19:25, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
Sorry. Chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. MastCell Talk 19:29, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

Recent Edits by Yank

I don't see any way they could be considered helpful or constructive. He added no no sources, shoved stuff around to angle it towards his POV, and. especially, pushed the "partial-birth" nonsense.

I've used up my 1RR, and don't do tagteaming. Help from others would be good. PhGustaf (talk) 21:15, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

The entire page is an uncited nightmare. Made a few changes... better now? ArtifexMayhem (talk) 00:23, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
Yes, the article is a mess. Your changes helped, but maybe after the New Year... PhGustaf (talk) 00:42, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

Nifty chart on US state restrictions on abortion

I thought this could be used in the article somehow. If need be, I can render a free version for Wikipedia. - RoyBoy 04:12, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Important reference missing?

In an interview with Justice Ginsburg in 2009, there is a brief discussion of the case of STRUCK v. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, to which I find no reference on Wikiepdia. To me, this seems to have been an important case, which made it to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was on its way the SCOTUS when the Air Force changed the policy (rendering the case moot). Do others feel it should be referenced in this article or another on the subject? I don't know enough about it to write a stand-alone piece (and don't think it needs one, but I could be wrong.) HR Mitchell (talk) 23:18, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

The statistics section is in adequate in several ways. First, there is too much emphasis given to results of a single polling organization, Gallup. Second, this emphasis is biased, because Gallup tends to obtain consistently more conservative political results than do various other organization. Third, the section that gives results by sub-groups such as age and region does not include either educational level or religious sub-groups.

In fact, if polls by varied organizations which include five choice categories are included ("Abortion should be": "legal in all circumstances," "legal in most circumstances," "legal in a few circumstances," "legal in no circumstances," "unsure" or equivalents), overall, they have shown that over 50% of those polled, usually 52-58%, support abortion's being legal in all or most circumstances and have done so since at least 1996, with no trend, only variation within the range. This can be grasped from perusing the results of five-category polls on the legality of abortion at http://www.pollingreport/abortion.htm. The site gives results of polls by, e.g., NBC/WSJ, Quinnipiac University, Public Religion Research Institute/Brookings Institution, CNN/ORC, Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington Post, AP-GfK Roper Corporation, American Press/Ipsos.

There have been recent polls addressing the issues of abortion views by education level and religious affiliation. The Gallup poll on self-labeling as "pro-choice" and "pro-life" by education and religion ( may be less useful in getting at attitudes than the Public Religion Research Millenials, Abortion, and Religion survey ( which considers education level and uses questions with five choice categories. Asiaedit (talk) 03:22, 27 April 2013 (UTC)aisaedit

Mississippi figures

I'm wondering if the Mississippi figures shouldn't be deleted. The "ethnicity" issue is already covered better IMO under that subsection. The number themselves don't really mean that much without consideration of actual births or women eligible to give birth or something of that order. The material (and citation) try to make up for that by giving white:black ratio, but that doesn't really answer the question by birth-eligibility. Unless we're going to try to publish a table somewhere for each state (not here!) or have an article "Abortion in Mississippi", it just seems out of place in a nationwide article IMO. Student7 (talk) 16:52, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

References need improvement in this article

Far too much of this article is reliant on advocacy groups like The Guttmacher Institute and very poor sources like CNSNews. Can we start working on cleaning this up? Thargor Orlando (talk) 15:09, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

The Guttmacher Institute certainly has an advocacy arm, but it's important to note that they're widely regarded as a reliable—and in fact the most reliable—source when it comes to abortion statistics in the U.S. For example, the New York Times describes Guttmacher's statistics as "widely considered the country’s most definitive examination of abortion trends"). The Los Angeles Times writes that Guttmacher "supports abortion rights, but is (generally) respected by both sides of the debate as a provider of reliable statistics". Their statistics are much more reliable and complete than those gathered by the Centers for Disease Control, because the CDC doesn't gather statistics from a number of states, including California. MastCell Talk 17:11, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Added a section: who may do abortions in which states

I have added a section listing which states allow non-physician health professionals to do abortions, and what types of abortions they are allowed to do. Goblinshark17 (talk) 07:03, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Public Opinion Numbers Woefully Out of Date

Most recent basic pro-life/pro-choice numbers are from 2011. Four years ago is forever for such a key issue. Other opinion numbers are similarly out of date. Problems like this are a bell weather for Wikipedia's current and future validity. ClaireGem (talk) 15:54, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

"Partial Birth Abortion" requires quotation marks

"Partial Birth Abortion" is not a medical or technical term, and is not recognized by the AMA or the ACOG or any other mainstream medical professional organization. It is a term of right-to-lifist propaganda. To use the term without putting it in quotation marks, especially in a section heading, violates WP:NPOV. I have therefore inserted quotation marks into the section heading. Goblinshark17 (talk) 02:16, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

In that context, it falls under WP:SCAREQUOTES. They need to be rm. If there is a medically-recognized term, perhaps that could be discussed here and that used instead. But readers would have to recognized it as well. Student7 (talk) 14:31, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
I can see leaving the quotation marks out of the section heading, but the first sentence of the section specifically informs the reader that the term is a term of propaganda, used by opponents of the procedure. In a discussion of a term like that, the term should be enclosed in quotation marks to indicate that it is being discussed. Quotation marks are similarly used earlier in the article for the terms "undue burden" and "strict scrutiny". Goblinshark17 (talk) 03:16, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
If you find them unwarranted, please remove them or I can, if you like. Student7 (talk) 14:02, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
No they are warrented, as are the quotation marks around the phrase "partial-birth abortion" when the sentence describes it as a non-medical term, which I am restoring again.
Take for instance the sentence: '"Pink-belly" is the name of a childish prank.' The quotation marks around the phrase "Pink-belly" are necessary and appropriate, and are not "scare quotes". They do not indicate skepticism about the phrase, but merely distinguish it as the subject of the sentence. Without the quotation marks you might write "Pink belly is a childish prank" but never "Pink belly is the name of a childish prank." The use of the phrase "...the name of..." requires quotation marks around the name itself. There, that's a lesson in basic English grammar provided for free by an erstwhile copy-editor. You're welcome. Goblinshark17 (talk) 19:03, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
But this isn't a childish prank, these are scare quotes. Juno (talk) 08:47, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Is that meant to be a joke? As I have explained, quotes are NOT scare quotes but a grammatically required indicator of the role of the phrase in the sentence. Goblinshark17 (talk) 03:16, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Including myself, three editors deem the use of quotation marks in this case as WP:SCAREQUOTES. Regardless of rationale, User:Goblinshark17 should stop inserting them unless that editor can muster consensus on talk. When users disagree on Wikipedia, we use consensus to decide an outcome. In this case, Goblinshark17 seems to be alone in his or her position. Please stop reinserting them. BusterD (talk) 04:01, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
I'll defer to the consensus, but some people around here need to take a course in remedial English grammar. Goblinshark17 (talk) 05:41, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Goblinshark17 is correct. Have a look at [[2]]. This is an issue of mentioning a term rather using it. Without the quotes, the article is using the term (as if endorsing it); if the article is mentioning the term and talking about the term itself and how it is used, rather than using it directly, it needs the Use-Mention distinction quotation marks.Leostaley (talk) 00:04, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Finding out something as simple as the legal gestational limit shouldn't be so difficult

I'm not from the US and wanted to find out this info. Finding out that basic info on this article was like pulling teeth. The article is far more interested in talking about how things used to be decades ago, even in the section about how things currently are. I'm still not entirely sure.

"Timester" implies a timeframe of 270 days, broken down into 3 90-day periods. This would be a legal definition. For a biological one, see Gestation#Humans. Student7 (talk) 21:19, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Terminology section revert

I have just changed the terminology section from:

The abortion debate has not typically dealt with a spontaneous abortion, which is commonly referred to as a miscarriage until several states passed laws in 2013 prohibiting a woman who miscarried from receiving medical treatment for 48 hours after diagnosis and forcing her to undergo an additional ultrasound prior to her procedure.


The abortion debate does not deal with a spontaneous abortion, commonly referred to as miscarriage.

The latter version is how the article appeared in 2013, prior to an unsourced change that has somehow stuck ever since. I can find no sources for these supposed state laws, and can find no mention of them elsewhere in this article or in Abortion in the United States by state. Given the rather bold claim that there are states have passed laws to delay medical treatment for a miscarriage, I'm reverting the change until a source for these laws surfaces. Cannolis (talk) 00:38, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Important enough, that no one should get this far in the article without knowing that. I moved both to the top of the article under the template "distinguish." Not clear to me that miscarriage belongs there, since the phrase alone seems self-explanatory. I don't know about "delaying treatment for miscarriage." I hadn't heard that before. Student7 (talk) 14:17, 25 September 2015 (UTC)