The Matter of Life or Death: The Medical Side Effects of Abortions

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The Matter of Life or Death: The Medical Side Effects of Abortions The United States government has a difficult time with coming to an agreement on whether to ban abortions, or keep them. Although the United States is about freedom and the people, the government should be more concerned about the health of its nation. According to the Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, an abortion is “Expulsion from the uterus of an embryo or fetus before viability (20 weeks’ gestation [18 weeks after fertilization] or fetal weight less than 500 g)” (Williams and Wilkins). An abortion can be performed in many different ways, depending on the time in which the abortion is taken place and the size of the fetus. There are three main categories in which an abortion can be performed. The most common form of an abortion is those that invade the uterus and kills the child by instruments which enter the uterus through the cervix. An abortion that happens toward the fifth month of being pregnant, is to kill the preborn child by administering drugs; the mother will then be put into induce labor where she will deliver the dead baby. Then the last three months of pregnancy, doctors will invade the uterus by abdominal surgery; during this time the umbilical cord is cut, thus cutting off the baby’s oxygen supply in which it causes suffocation. Through all of these abortions, the mother of the child is impacted in some way or another. With every abortion the mother undergoes, the more negative affect it has on her fertility, and her reproductive system. When babies are being aborted in the first trimester, the method usually used will be the Menstrual Extraction or Suction Aspiration. Menstrual Extraction is when the doctor takes a suction curette (hollow tube with... ... middle of paper ... ...ults=&p=OVIC&action=2&catId=&activityType=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3011820382&source=Bookmark&u=lincclin_sjrcc&jsid=3f79c860c34ed91ba4db90b8cd375e77 "Letter from Two Obstetrician-Gynecologists Opposing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, March 10, 2003." Abortion: An Eternal Social and Moral Issue. Sandra M. Alters. 2008 ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Information Plus Reference Series. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.

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