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
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.