abor·​tu·​ary | \ ə-ˈbȯr-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce abortuary (audio) , -chü-ˌer- \
plural abortuaries

Definition of abortuary

chiefly US, disparaging
: a place where abortions are performed used as a term of contempt by opponents of abortionIn the 16 years since the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, more than 20 million babies have perished in the abortuaries of this country.— Jerry Falwell, USA Today, 10 Apr. 1989

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First Known Use of abortuary

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abortuary

blend of abortion and mortuary entry 1

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“Abortuary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abortuary. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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