Monthly Archives: December 2015

What is Abortion?

Abortion is the act of ending a pregnancy by forcefully removing the fetus from the womb before it can survive on its own. This differs from the term miscarriage because it does not happen spontaneously; it is purposeful and is often used to refer to induced abortions only.

In this day and age, people undergo particular modern medication or surgery to commit abortion. Abortions conducted during the first trimester of pregnancy involve taking drugs such as mifepristone and prostaglandin; women who would like to have their unborn babies aborted in the second trimester undergo surgical methods that are said to have lesser side effects.

Abortion is still considered illegal and a form of child abuse in some countries. Birth control is highly suggested for women who do not want to get pregnant but engage in sexual activities. In countries where abortion is permitted by the law, this medical method is considered to be one of the safest procedures in the industry.

The World Health Organization has recommended that safe and legal abortions should be made accessible to all women; women who undergo unsafe abortion procedures are at risk of dying due to infection and other complications. In fact, 47,000 deaths and 5 million hospital admissions have been reported to be related to unsafe abortions. Moreover, women who have unsafe abortions can suffer from long-term mental and physical problems.

Survey shows that there are about 44 million cases of abortion that take place in the world annually. Fortunately, there has been a decrease in number from 2003 to 2008 as women and families are taught to follow family planning and birth control procedures.

The laws pertaining to abortion varies from one place to another; some still consider it taboo while others give their women access to legal abortions without limits. However, different states still implement varying laws regarding the matter; some enforce a limit on how late in pregnancy the medical procedure will be permitted.

Types of Abortion

  • Induced – there are millions of pregnancies that occur each year; some are unintended while others may end in induced abortion. In the UK, about 2% of abortions are performed because the fetus shows genetic problems. But most induced abortions occur for personal reasons such as the mother isn’t ready to have a baby yet.

The manner in which induced abortions are performed often depends on several factors: the gestational age of the unborn fetus, regional availability, patient’s preference or legality. This type of abortion is considered as therapeutic if the goal is to save the life of the expecting mother. Terminating a pregnancy in the goal of maintaining a woman’s physical or mental health is considered legal in many countries; others also permit this to decrease the chance of premature morbidity, mortality and/or disability of the child. Elective abortions, on the other hand, refer to abortions committed in the absence of medical reasons.

  • Spontaneous – as mentioned earlier, this is another term for miscarriage wherein the unintended expulsion of the fetus occurs before the 24th week of pregnancy. Fetuses that die in utero or during delivery are called ‘stillborn’; some pregnancies cease to progress past the first trimester and result to miscarriages. The most common cause of miscarriage is chromosomal abnormalities of the embryo, while others are related to vascular diseases, hormonal problems, infections and other abnormalities. The health and age of the expecting mother can also be a factor behind the occurrence of a miscarriage.

The Risk of Unsafe Abortion

Women who do not have any medical reason for wanting to terminate their pregnancy often resort to having an ‘unsafe abortion’. They usually try to ‘self-abort’ or seek the help of another person who doesn’t have proper medical training to perform the procedure. Unsafe abortions often lead to severe physical and mental complications such as sepsis, hemorrhage and permanent damage to internal organs. The rate of unsafe abortions is highest in places where abortion is not legal. It becomes a major cause of injury and death for women all over the world; in fact, 13% of all maternal deaths every year are linked to unsafe abortion.

Protecting Unborn Children from Dismemberment Abortions

In his dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2000 Stenberg v. Carhart decision, Justice Kennedy observed that in D&E dismemberment abortions, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.” Justice Kennedy added in the Court’s 2007 opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart that D&E abortions are “laden with the power to devalue human life…”

In January 2015, Kansas State Sen. Garrett Love introduced the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, a bill that would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortions. Source taken from National Right to Life web site http://www.nrlc.org/statelegislation/dismemberment

 

Pro Life

Our blog does not support Pro Choice, we support Pro Life; we believe that a fetus is living and considered a baby at the time of conception.  Three weeks after conception a baby’s heart beat begins to beat and at four weeks a baby is formed with arms, legs, brain, spinal cord and other organs. At week six fingers have formed the mouth and lips is visible, brain waves can be detected and the baby is already moving inside the womb.  By week seven the baby’s organs are all in place and active. At twelve weeks a baby has fingerprints.

We hope this article enlightens you not only that a fetus is alive at the time of conception, but the dangers of abortion and that if you are going to have sex and don’t want the risk of becoming pregnant then you should take a contraceptive. However, many women who take a contraceptive have gotten pregnant, and still choose to abort their baby. We believe that there are better alternatives…A. Do not have sex until you are married…stay abstinence.   B. Put your baby up for adoption.  There are plenty of couples that desire to have a baby but are not able to. You would not only give your baby an opportunity to live as you were given when your mother had you…but you will give your baby to a parent who wants your child.

Secondary Survivors of Sexual Abuse

secondary survivors of sexual abuse

A secondary survivor refers to the family, friend or partner of an abused person. The situation is of course difficult for the victim of sexual abuse, but the pain extends to his or her loved ones too. The support of the secondary survivors is very much important to the recovery of the victim; it makes the victim feel that they are still cared for despite of what happened to them.

A victim of sexual abuse normally feels afraid and hesitant; he or she may lose self-confidence and often falls into depression if he or she doesn’t get the necessary help after the assault took place. For secondary survivors, knowing that someone they deeply care about has gone through a very hurtful experience is also heartbreaking. There are times that they also struggle with the feeling of helplessness after the incident; they do not know how to respond to the situation and whom to seek help for.

It is truly difficult to know the right things to say to comfort your family or friend who was victimized by sexual assault. However, your compassionate and validating responses can really do a lot for their recovery. It’s fairly alright to not have all the answers for them; just being there by their side with no judgment is already a wonderful support to the victim.

Sexually abused victims lose their ‘power’ of self because of their traumatic experience; as a secondary survivor, you may help them gain control of what happens next by letting them make their own decisions. It could start with letting them choose whom they talk to and what legal actions they want to take.

Sexual abuse is a serious crime against anyone; you have to be extra understanding and patient with the victim because they have lost their sense of almost everything – strength, power, safety, trust and so on…

What You Should Do if the Abuse Happened in the Past Few Days

Advise your family or friend to immediately undergo a physical examination to help the authorities gather evidence against the perpetrator. Health services also provide medications to help prevent infections and diseases caused by the sexual abuse.

What You Should Do If the Victim Feels Unsafe

Victims of sexual abuse normally feel physically and emotionally unsafe after they have been assaulted… If you are dealing with a worse case such as he or she is becoming suicidal or at the risk of hurting others, then you should contact the authorities right away. But if they are not in immediate danger, help them make changes in their surroundings that will make them feel safer. If they want to change the color of the walls, then do so! Do whatever you can to foster a safer environment for your loved one and always remember that there are support groups available to help you along the way. Encourage your loved one to speak about things that will make him or her feel safer and unthreatened.

Recognize the Tactics of Perpetrators

Most sexual abuse cases remain to be unreported because the victims are afraid or threatened; if you’re dealing with a loved one, who shows the same signs, consider seeking the help of professionals. It’s quite difficult to identify a person who would commit a sexual assault because they could be anyone! They are located in all parts of the world and usually ‘mask’ their real personas to be able to commit more than one sexual assault. These people are indeed dangerous! They may seem friendly and charismatic but can be a totally different person behind closed doors.

The following are examples of the common tactics that sexually abusive persons may use or do:

  • They usually establish trust with their potential victim; this is a part of their planning and preparation for what they really intend to do
  • They are good in assessing a person’s vulnerability, this is how they choose their victims
  • They only used the necessary amount of force to succeed with their plan; body weight is usually enough
  • They may use alcohol or drugs to increase the vulnerability of their victims
  • Perpetrators usually deny the crime that they’ve committed by claiming that the assault was consensual