Abortion - No Right or Wrong Answer Essay

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Abortion - No Right or Wrong Answer

I chose abortion as the topic of my research paper because it is a very important and controversial subject, and although I have always leaned heavily toward pro-choice, I really hadn’t done much reading about it and wanted to support my position.

The definition of abortion is “expulsion of the fetus from the uterus, due to any cause, before the twenty-eighth week of pregnancy.” Abortions are broken down into the following six categories:
(1) Habitual abortion, the tendency in some women for pregnancies to end in spontaneous abortions.

(2) Incomplete abortion, one in which the fetus is expelled[…]dilation may be required to empty the uterus.

(3) Induced abortion, intentional termination
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“Abortion is legal in this country until the day of birth!” Now that is something that is hard to agree with. It seems that the mothers-to-be should be able to decide within at least the first month whether or not they should have or want to have an abortion.
Abortions are done in many different ways and at many different times of the pregnancy. There are six different types of abortion. (1) “RU-486 is a drug that produces an abortion. It is taken after the mother misses her period. It can be used up to the second month of pregnancy. It works by blocking progesterone, a crucial hormone during pregnancy. Without progesterone, the uterine lining does not provide food, fluid and oxygen to the tiny developing baby. The baby cannot survive. A second drug is then given that stimulates the uterus to contract and the baby is expelled. Women who abort with the drug RU-486 experience nausea, severe cramping, vomiting and bleeding. But the resulting emotional distress may have even more impact. Rather than being “over with” in a few minutes (as in a surgical abortion) this abortion could last for over a week. Then, when the woman finally does abort, she will expel a tiny dead human being - her baby. (2) Suction-Aspiration. In this method, the cervical muscle ring must be paralyzed and stretched open.…

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