Abortion And Criminalization Of Abortion

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It all began in 1973 with the court case of Roe v. Wade. This brought the public’s attention to abortion. Norma L. McCorvery (Roe) was a pregnant woman residing in Texas. She claimed that Texas laws on abortion, referring to the criminalization of abortions with the exception that it is necessary to do if the mother’s life is in danger, violated her constitutional rights. Even though Roe’s life was not threatened, she thought she should have the right to terminate her pregnancy given it was a safe medical environment. On the other hand, was Henry Wade, a Dallas County District attorney. This was first taken to a Texas court where they ruled that the law violated the Constitution, however, Wade appealed the decision bring it to the Supreme Court. …show more content…
The most common is aspiration. This method takes place within the first sixteen weeks of pregnancy. Aspiration is a “procedure that ends a pregnancy by emptying the uterus with the gentle suction of a manual syringe or with a machine-operated suction” (PlannedParenthood). During this procedure an anesthetic is given to numb the cervix. Once numbed, the cervix will then be dilated. When the cervix is dilated enough a cannula is inserted into the uterus. Then the fetus and placenta are suctioned out. The other method used is dilation and evacuation. This method is used after sixteen weeks. This procedure begins much like aspiration where medication is given to numb the cervix. A speculum is inserted and used to remove the tissue along the lining. Then a curette is used to remove anything else that remains. If larger parts are still found inside, then forceps would be used. Lastly, to make sure everything has been removed suctioning will take …show more content…
If a woman decides that she is not fit, or does not want the responsibility of a child she has the option to terminate the pregnancy. Also, if there is a high stake that the child will have disabilities and birth defects if carried to full term or if there are complications in the pregnancy the mother has the option to end the it. In the case of a 28 year old woman, at fourteen weeks the pregnancy had come to a holt. She had been to the hospital in three different events due to complications in her pregnancy. An ultrasound revealed oligohydramnios (lack of amniotic fluids).
“She was seen in the High Risk OB Clinic and repeat ultrasound shows complete absence of amniotic fluid but persistent fetal heartbeat. It is presumed that she has had premature rupture of the membranes, which was not clinically recognized because of the small amount of fluid and bleeding. Two high-risk OB specialists agree that this pregnancy has zero chance of continuing to the point of viability” (Orr).
Her options where to continue the pregnancy, with all doubts on survival, or to terminate it. If she were to continue the pregnancy it took a very large risk on her own life. With the option of abortion she was able to terminate the pregnancy taking both lives out of the risk

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