Abortions started when women started conceiving. As long as there have been women, there have been babies, and there have been abortions. Even when laws forbid it, abortions occur; In the early 1970's a million abortions were performed in the US, even when many states had criminal laws against it. In January, 1973, the Supreme Court struck down such a law from Texas, noting that antiabortion laws dated only from the late 1800's in the US. After 1973, anyone for any reason could legally seek an abortion.
An exact year of the first abortion may be difficult to determine. However, induced abortions have been linked to ancient times. Records of suggestions of ways to abort a pregnancy are traced back to the 2nd century. A number of methods, including the use of herbs, introduced instruments, and pressure on the abdomen, have been recorded.