Mexican Abortion Short Essay

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Caroline Wilkie
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Abortion in Cambodia, Mexico and Canada

Abortion, for the vast majority of people is not a subject that is easy to talk about. According to the World Health Organization, out of the 211 million pregnancies, 46 million end up in abortion and 18 million of those abortions are done in what WHO considers unsafe conditions (World Health Report, 2007). Unsafe conditions are defined by WHO as, “ abortions performed by people lacking the necessary skills or in an environment lacking the minimal medical standards, or both” (World Health Report, 2007). The maternal death rate for women who have unsafe abortions is 350 out of 100,000, and there are other complications that are not fatal but can lead to disease or disability (World Health Report, 2007).
In Cambodia, abortion through the first trimester has been legal since 1997 (Green, 2013). It legal after the
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(García et al., 2004a) In most states it is also allowed if the pregnancy puts the woman’s life at risk (García et al., 2004a). These laws make the vast majority of abortions in Mexico take place in unsafe conditions (Juarez, Singh, Garcia, & Olavarrieta, 2008). The estimate of abortions that take place in Mexico is 33 per 1000 women aged 15-44 (Juarez, Singh, Garcia, & Olavarrieta, 2008). The contraception use rate is 72.5% and their maternal mortality rate is 38 deaths per 100,00 live births (“The World Factbook - Mexico,” 2001). There is a lot of stigma surrounding abortion in Mexico although studies have shown that the majority of Mexicans think abortion should be allowed under certain circumstances (García et al., 2004b). I support a woman’s right to choose if she wants an abortion or not so I do not agree with the laws in Mexico. Contraception, unless it is abstinence, is never 100% effective and there should be a legal method to end an unwanted pregnancy if a woman chooses to do
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