According to studies, nearly 1.5 of the 12 million females born in India each year does not see a first birthday. Only 9 million of these young women will survive to see a 15th birthday (Sumner). The ratio of females to males decreased from 927 girls per 1000 boys in 2001 to only 914 girls per 1000 boys in 2011 (Dasgupta). The estimated number of deaths in females under the age of five is 261,800 in India (Missing Girls). Aside from a declining gender ratio, studies have proven that females in India also suffer other forms of inequality.
If women wanted to have abortions they found illegal abortionists. These illegal practitioners were untrained and performed the procedure with no medical equipment, often in unsanitary environments. Complications can occur during abortions even now when they are done professionally, but back then when performed in secret, complications were a common occurrence. An abortion back then could result in death for the mother or harm to a surviving baby; however this was a risk many were willing to take. Five thousand women died yearly from abortion prior to the Roe v. Wade decision, but the number of deaths for every 100,000 ... ... middle of paper ... ...dopted it will grow up without a mother or a father and not have the life it deserves.
No reason in aborting the baby there are millions of married couples that can’t have babies which results in them adopting, instead of aborting the baby put it up for adoption. The percentages of abortions rise each year, year by year millions are performed all around the world lots of which are done illegally. Over 45 million abortions have been performed legally from 1973 to 2005, 1.2 million of which were performed illegally from 1973 to 2005. Each year 13,000 women have abortions because they became pregnant as a result of rape and incest. More than a million abortions are performed in the U.S. e... ... middle of paper ...
This may sound fine, but the reality is that about half of abortions done in the world are illegal, therefore being unsafe. One long term risk of abortion is that it can hinder a woman’s reproductive success in the future. When a woman has an abortion, the body sees it as a failed attempt so it makes itself have less of a chance to have a baby so it has less of a chance to fail. Other more serious illnesses include breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. Every woman who has an abortion has a 30 percent chance more to receive breast cancer.
If legal abortion is not accessible, it will not make abortions altogether stop. Many of those opposed to abortion believe that lessening access to legal abortions will cause abortions to stop, but abortion has and will always exist, even if it is illegal; on the street, in back rooms, with coat hangers and under unsanitary conditions (Haugland). Women would turn to unsafe and untrained abortions if legal abortion is not attainable and will place her life in danger (“Abortion”). Consequently, 110,000 women die each year from such illegal abortions and six times as many suffer injury, according to World Health Organization. Today, because of the inaccessibility of safe, legal abortion, some women are resorting to illegal and self-abortions to terminate an unwanted pregnancy (Fried).
Abortion should remain a legal option for women because illegal abortions result in far more fatalities, religion does not serve as grounds for a law, and most importantly, there is no conclusive evidence that a fetus is equal to a human being. Illegal abortions performed in unsafe conditions contribute to a great number of deaths every year. According to Wendy Wanlund, “In 1930, illegal abortion was the official cause of death for nearly 2,700 women, or 18 percent of childbirth-related deaths recorded that year” (Abortion Debates). In the more than four decades since Roe v. Wade was decided, thousands of American women’s lives have been saved by access to legal abortion care. Furthermore, making abortions illegal would force women to go about terminating their unwanted pregnancies with unsafe procedures.
Massachusetts court records show abortions performed in 1678, 1681 and after that (Olasky, 1992). Other records indicate abortions were also practiced in Connecticut, New York and also points southward (Olasky, 1992). Abortion was widespread in the mid-1800’s as prostitution became much more common (Olasky, 1992). Without reliable contraception, prostitutes typically used abortion as their birth control, sometimes several times a year (Olasky, 1992). Reliable estimates from 1860 show 60,000 prostitutes becoming pregnant and having abortions (Olasky, 1992).
There are hundreds of couples all over the world who can’t conceive a child and would be willing to . Instead of killing the baby, they can give the child a second chance by giving it to a couple who will love them and give them a good home. Therefore, I believe abortion is not the way a mother should handle the problem. “A psychologist said that about 10% of the 1.6 million women who have had an abortion experience severe emotional trauma” (Cung). "About 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children.
I think that to take the life of an unborn just because the couple involved were too lazy to use contraceptives, is immature and quite horrid. In this informative paper, you as a reader will come to understand the facts on abortion and then understand where I stand. Let us begin. According to US Abortion data provided in 1995 by Planned Parenthood, there were 1.8 million first trimester abortions, 180 thousand second trimester abortions, and about four thousand required Hysterotomies. Now according to these figures we, as the United States, killed/aborted 1,984,000 fetus'.
In the short story, “Hills Like White Elephants,” there are many things that are described and symbolic to the bigger story. This short story published in 1927 references an “operation” consistently. This monotonous phrase is in lieu of using the word abortion. During the 1920’s, abortion was a highly protested topic throughout the world, especially the United States. Surprisingly enough, abortion was mainly opposed by men while tens of thousands of women each year had this illegal procedure done even though many died from lack of doctoral knowledge to safely completing the operation, therefore preventing women from bleeding out.