Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing abortion.
  • n. A substance or device used to induce abortion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Producing miscarriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing abortion: said of drugs and operative procedures.
  • n. In medicine, whatever is or may be used to produce abortion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a drug (or other chemical agent) that causes abortion
  • adj. causing abortion

Etymologies

First attested in 1875. abortion +‎ -facient (“causing an”), from Latin facere ("to make"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Apparently you have never heard of the term abortifacient?

    The Catholic Version: Do pro-life policies reduce abortion? Or, Why Good Catholics can be Pro-Choice

  • The question of a woman's right to choose is going to be a basic issue of the upcoming election with the recent position of the Bush administration grouping birth control with abortion and McCain's VP selection of Sarah Palin who belongs to a group called Feminists for Life, their idea of feminism being outlawing both abortion and what they call abortifacient birth control which pretty much includes everything except rhythm and prayer they even object to condoms because they feel that form of male birth control usually becomes the woman's responsibility.

    republican Birth Control: Health Insurance Rules Force Family Planning and Leave Pregnant Mothers in a Financial Bind

  • Taking herbs like pennyroyal—known as an abortifacient—can be dangerous without expert guidance.

    OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

  • In the first instance it was shown that the use of so-called abortifacient drugs was extensively practised and was usually a first resort.

    Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Various Aspects of the Problem of Abortion in New Zealand

  • It's true that some abortion opponents say the pill, along other forms of birth control, is an abortifacient, which is a drug that induces abortion.

    USATODAY.com News

  • But instead I suffered through that Vaseline ad with the female vocalist clicking her tongue like an experimental psychiatry enthusiast and that absolute abortifacient which is the soundtrack to the Ford Kuga ad.

    Arse End Of Ireland

  • (the term "abortifacient birth control" is a codephrase in the dominionist "pro-life" community for hormonal birth control -- partly due to a unique urban legend claiming "the pill" and other hormonal birth control causes abortion and partly because of a unique definition of pregnancy beginning at conception rather than at implantation (the latter is what most mainstream OB / GYNs use) and thus making anything preventing implantation potentially "abortifacient").

    scams

  • So you see, one can claim that a drug is not an abortifacient if one defines pregnancy at implantation of the blastocyst.

    ProWomanProLife » Emergency contraception

  • Also Randy Alcorn, a well-known pro-life apologist and Protestant pastor, published a booklet in 1998 in which he gave the reasons for why the pill is an abortifacient and he has actually counselled couples in his ministry against using the pill for that reason.

    ProWomanProLife » A remarkably honest abortionist

  • One may claim that it is an an abortifacient if one defines pregnancy at conception.

    ProWomanProLife » Emergency contraception

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