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Technicalities and Facts of Abortion

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Technicalities and Facts of Abortion

Abortion is the termination of a foetus. There are two types of

abortion, natural abortion and Procured Abortion. A natural abortion

is a miscarriage, and this is not illegal. A procured abortion is the

deliberate removal of the foetus from the womb, which is called

termination of pregnancy.

Abortions can be done in 6 different ways depending on how long the

woman has been pregnant.

1. 72 Hours

If a woman has unprotected sex, she can take a pill up to 72 hours

after it occurred. This pill is called Levonelle-2 more commonly known

as "the morning after pill". It works by stopping the ovaries from

releasing an egg, preventing sperm from fertilising any egg that may

have already been released or stopping a fertilised egg from attaching

itself to the womb lining. Levonelle-2 can be dangerous to women who

suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, hear disease and other

medical problems.

2. 9 Weeks

If a woman finds out she is pregnant in the first 9 weeks she can take

a pill known as the Abortion Pill. This works by stopping all

nourishment the foetus receives from the mother from reaching it,

which causes it to die. To help the foetus leave the body, the woman

can receive Prostaglandin's.

3. 18 Weeks

If a woman finds out she is pregnant after 18 weeks she will have an

injection called Prostaglandin's? These are hormones that make labour

start. The woman will be in labour from 8 hours up to 22 hours.

Another injection is given into the womb called Urea. This kills the

foetus to prevent it from being alive after delivery. If the woman is

not dilated enough, the head may be broken so it is smaller.

4. 20 Weeks

If a woman finds out she is pregnant after 20 weeks she will have an

abortion by dilation and Evacuation. This works by crushing the foetus

into bits and pulling it out of the woman.
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