The Ethical Dilemmas Of Abortion

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Abortion is a very heated topic. Throughout the United States, abortion is heavily advocated against due to various moral and ethical reasons. Anti-abortion media portrayal is also not uncommon, nor is it hard to find. N.L Stotland, a researcher who has been published in Archives of Women’s Mental Health, has performed several studies on abortion and the views surrounding it. In one study, he wrote, “A woman who aborts a pregnancy is perceived as wantonly and selfishly sexual” (27). His quote basically sums up the general pro-life views on women who receive abortions, and the argument that most of them try to make. While the debate goes on, many people do not consider important factors that motivate many women to seek out an abortion. Studies …show more content…
Another example is sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is very painful. It is caused by crescent shaped blood cells as opposed to regular, oval shaped blood cells. These crescent shaped cells get stuck along blood vessels and restrict blood flow. This can cause chronic pain and may eventually lead to organ damage. There are many side effects that people with the disease are at risk of getting. If a woman with the disease gets pregnant, though, her risks are even higher. The more serious risks include: worsening anemia, vaso-occlusive crises, acute chest syndrome, stroke, and possibly even death (Montalembert 626-627). Anemia is simply an iron deficiency, but can be detrimental during pregnancy. If anemia is terribly severe, the mother may have to have painful bone marrow transfusions until the hemoglobin levels are maintained. When a person develops anemia along with the sickle cell disease, it can lead to death due to losing blood faster than it can be regained. Vaso-occlusive crises are massive pain spasms that can lead to fever and possibly mild elevation of liver enzymes. Acute chest syndrome may not seem to be all that bad at first. It starts as a seemingly innocent cough or a mild fever, but leads into intense chest pain. If acute chest syndrome persists, organ failure can occur. In more serious cases, congestive heart failure occurred from both worsening anemia and acute chest …show more content…
Many pro-life advocates choose not to talk about health risks, and only focus on the very basic and simplistic idea that abortion is wrong, usually stating that a woman simply did not want the ‘child’, which is how most refer to the fetus, or did not want the responsibility. As described in the Stotland quote earlier, many women who have sought out abortions are labeled as ‘sluts’ in some instances, and many even refer to them as murderers. In reality, though, there are many health risks that can affect some pregnancies. Some situations involve pregnancies that are greatly complicated by threats to the woman’s life, and she may have no other option than abortion, unless she wants to lay down her own life, and even possibly then, the life of the fetus. Both physical and mental health can come with serious complications when relating back to pregnancy. Rather than risk her own life or rather than going through severe and potentially traumatizing side effects, the woman may choose to have an induced abortion, ending the pregnancy and cutting her risks back down to what they were before she became pregnant. There is a fairly famous quote by Frederica Mathewes- Green, a public speaker, author, and internet blogger, which says, “No one wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap,

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