Effects of Abortion on the Father

6404 WordsAug 12, 201126 Pages
Abstract Abortion has been a controversial issue since its existence. When does life begin, is it a baby or a fetus, and who decides if the baby or fetus has any rights; these are questions and concerns that will remain controversial issues for years to come. Abortion has been around for a long time and it affects more than just women. However, in society today women are the only ones who decide if the baby or fetus will live or die. Does giving the expectant mother all of the rights in determining if her unborn child will live or die create a division within the family structure? Does it mean that she has more rights to the baby or fetus than the father? Abortion can have traumatic effects on the paternal (father) parent as well…show more content…
Many methods of abortions performed in the past; were not only brutal but also fatal, not only for the baby but also for the mother, especially before the introduction of penicillin. Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, not only have the number of abortions increased but also the types of abortions. Life, Family, and Culture News (2010) mentions some of the different types of abortions practiced primarily in the United States: Suction - Suction is one of the most common methods of abortion used during the first trimester of pregnancy. A general or local anesthesia is administered and her cervix is dilated. A suction device is inserted into the cervix; this instrument separates the fetus and placenta tearing it into small pieces, and sucked through the tube into a bottle and discarded. Dilation and Curettage (D&C) - This method also uses suction and a loop shaped knife, which goes into the cervix and cuts the fetus into pieces, the fetus is then scrapped out. Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) – What makes D&C different from the D&E method is instead of using a sharp instrument, forceps are used; not only to pull the baby out but also dismembers the baby as it is being removed. Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion - This method is an injection of a mixture of drugs that cause severe contractions. The contractions will cause expulsion of any fetus; the baby may be come out dead or alive. Partial-Birth Abortion - The five steps in this method according to Life,
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