The termination of a pregnancyPregnancy is the state of carrying a developing embryo or a ... More as a result of the deliberate removal of a fetus from the uterus. While miscarriage is considered “spontaneous abortion,” people usually mean the elective type when they use this word. Although abortions have been performed since ancient times with things like herbs or sharp implements, modern abortion is usually done by a doctor and is a very safe procedure. In the last 200 years or so, abortion has become intertwined with the law and religion, and therefore highly politicized. Feminists fought for the right to abortion in the United States, resulting in the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal. But in the last few decades, conservative movements have eroded abortion access considerably in certain states.