I would be concerned that a very young child, under 10 or 11, might try it too out of curiosity. My oldest daughter adores babies so I wonder if I told her how adults get babies that she might try 'sex' so she could have one. She's only six but it's something I can see her trying to do if she understood the mechanics.
I think "Can I have a baby?" is a pretty common question. My explanation of conception will include the information that it is only something which happens when our bodies are old enough and that little children can't have babies. Not sure exactly how I'll word it yet but yeah, that'll definitely be in there.
I wonder how many parents who explain details of sex also explain the details of abortion? Would you give your child the details and explain the 'mechanics' simply because they asked what it was after hearing the word?
Yes. The scenario you describe is *exactly* the time I would explain what the word meant. Age and circumstances would depend on how much detail I provided. If they said "Mummy, what does abortion mean?" then I would define the word. If they followed up with "How does the doctor do that?" then I would explain the mechanics of a D&C or suction TOP. I would also provide age-appropriate information on my values related to termination of pregnancy. Everything I have read (and my instincts) tell me that the best way to provide info is when the opportunity naturally arises in conversation or when your child asks questions. And I personally feel much more comfortable doing it that way than saying "Sit down Dear, I have to tell you about termination of pregnancy" at some arbitrary time determined by me as the right moment.