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ABORTION THE ARGUMENT THAT NEVER ENDS What is abortion? The strict dictionary definition of abortion is “Induced termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or fetus that is incapable of survival.” Abortion is a surgical or medical procedure that puts an end to a pregnancy. A licensed physician or surgeon performs it. The reasons for abortion can include: Not wanting to be pregnant (elective) The pregnancy endangers the woman’s health Indicators of serious abnormalities in the fetus (birth defects. Etc.) In addition to the moral, ethical, religious, and personal debates about abortion, there are very definite legal and medical considerations: Elective abortion is not legal everywhere Parental consent is required for minors in many jurisdictions Abortion may not be medically recommended for some women, even early in the pregnancy Abortion and the aftermath can result in a subsequent inability to carry a pregnancy to term Abortion can result in secondary infertility Abortion is generally undertaken during the very beginnings of a pregnancy, while many women are still unsure if they’re pregnant, undecided about their directions, or in denial about the pregnancy Abortion can result in the woman’s death The actual procedures used in early stage abortion include: Suction- a device that operates like a vacuum is used to extract the fetus, placenta, and other tissue Dilation and curettage- the fetus, placenta, and other tissue are cut and scraped out Dilation and Extraction- the fetus is pulled out (in pieces) with forceps and the placenta and other tissue are removed. When considering abortion, it is recommended to consult with a medial professional and a pregnancy options counselor. The medical aftermath of abortion can include severe pain, hemorrhage (bleeding), shock or coma, and even death. Emotional reactions can include severe depression and thoughts of suicide, feelings of guilt or worthlessness and a dependency on drugs and/or alcohol.
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ABORTION THE ARGUMENT THAT NEVER ENDS Page 2 Abortion, in some form, has existed in the human race since Ancient times. Tribes would sometimes be forced to move quickly, and pregnant women could slow the entire tribe down. They would force the woman’s abdomen with pressure, and later through excessive horseback riding which could cause the baby to be born prematurely. This baby was then either killed or left to die. The needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few. Abortion laws began to appear in the United States in the 1820’s, forbidding abortion
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