Millions of unintended pregnancies in the United States each year end in abortion. It is a way of taking responsibility for unwanted pregnancies, as pregnancy takes a toll on women. If a woman is not financially, emotionally or physically ready for a child, she should have the option to abort. Giving women an option to abort is a freedom that women should continue to have.
All of these conditions can, if the mother delivers the soon to be baby, lead to the mother's death. Also, another justification many women have is carrying an unwanted fetus, which was a result of rape. An additional example of abortion justification involves the quality of life for the future child. If a woman is single or cannot pay to support a child properly, then she should not be forced to have one. In these instances abortion, before twenty weeks, is a smart alternative.
1988). In addition, Gold et al. (2007) estimates that up to fifty percent of all clinically and unclinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. As many as 80 percent of these women will become pregnant again following a perinatal death (Cordle & Pettyman, 1994). The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a miscarriage as an unintentional loss of an embryo or fetus up to 22 weeks or no more than 500 grams (WHO, 1977).
A miscarriage is when the woman begins to bleed or spot, making her realize she might have miscarried. This highly affects women between the ages of nineteen to forty. The miscarriage rate rises almost 18% after the age of thirty- five. The rates of stillbirths are almost twice as high for older pregnant women than for younger ones. Almost one-third of all pregnancies in women between the ages of forty to forty- four ends in a miscarriage.
In 2008, 358,000 women died due to complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these preventable deaths occurred in developing countries, with a substantial number occurring in Africa. In addition, when a mother dies from pregnancy related causes their children who survive are 10 times more likely to die within two years than those with two living parents. Furthermore, many women who survive childbirth experience serious illness, injury, or disability caused by pregnancy-related complications. Maternal morbidity includes uterine prolapse, pelvic inflammatory disease, vescio-vaginal fistulas, urinary and fecal incontinence, infertility and discomfort during intercourse among other lasting effects of pregnancy... ... middle of paper ... ... the quality of care suffers, and can pose dangers to programs and care recipients.
In the worst case, abortion is a risk to the life of the mother. Abortion can decline the physical health of women. It could impact on females’ health even in the process of abortion. A common example is hemorrhage, which is defined as blood loss during abortion. It is caused by depression, hemophilia (unfrozen blood), or cervical laceration (Kerns, 2012).
Some mothers who have aborted, feel depressed, regret, and it will often haunt them lifelong. Although an abortion is a procedure done hundreds of times a day, it is still very dangerous for the mother. The reasoning behind abortion being legal, is because people have argued and they believe that a fetus is not considered to be its own person. A fetus is a breathing, living, seeing, hearing person as early as the age of 14 weeks. An unborn baby’s heart starts beating at 20 days, and the brain starts to give off brainwaves at just 40 days.
It is proven that actually the younger a woman is, she is more susceptible to the mental effects of abortion. “The younger the girls, the more attached they have become to their child. When they are pressured into having an abortion, their sense of vulnerability compounds the trauma; their sense of helplessness is magnified by their inability to protect their child” (Grigg). People think that if they get rid of a baby all responsibility of caring for a child is lost, which proves false the younger you are. A study using more than 870,000 women stated that “women who have an abortion are at an 81 percent increased risk for mental health problems, including anxiety disorders, depression, drug abuse and suicidal behaviors” (Monahan).
According to an article that focused on the link between abortion and suicide, “…actual data suggests that abortion is far more likely to drive an unstable woman to suicide than is pregnancy and childbirth” (Reardon) and also another article stated that, “Women who have aborted in the previous year are six times more likely to commit suicide than women giving birth” (Meehan). Some women who have aborted their child feel guilt for having killed the child, resulting in lower self-esteem and gr... ... middle of paper ... ... March 2014. Goodman, Alana. “Ultrasounds Before Abortions Are Often Medically Necessary”. At Issue: Are abortion Rights Threatened?