The Moral And Legality Of Medical Abortion

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Gun control, gay marriage, legal marijuana, prostitution, illegal immigration; this is only a partial list of the large number of controversies that plague America. Included in this large list of controversies is a big one that has been dividing Americans, the topic of abortion. This has been an ongoing debate for many years, covering the morality and legality of permitting induced abortions. There are two major sides involved in the debate. One side is known as "pro-choice". They advocate that the right to decide to terminate a pregnancy belongs to the woman. They believe that since it is the woman 's body, she should get to decide what she does with it. The other faction is known as "pro-life". They argue that the fetus has the right …show more content…
Abortion can be defined as the termination of a pregnancy through either removing or forcing the embryo or fetus out of the uterus. The two modern procedures for abortions include medications or a surgical procedure, although both are about the same in terms of effectiveness. A medical abortion is the termination of early pregnancy through the use of pharmaceuticals which help remove the fetus and placenta from the mother 's womb. There are two different types of medical abortion; a therapeutic medical abortion which takes place if the woman has a health condition, and an elective abortion in which woman decides herself to end the pregnancy. A surgical abortion instead uses a vacuum to remove the fetus and placenta from the uterus, but the machine used to apply suction differs depending on how early during the pregnancy that the procedure takes place. There are other methods women use to have abortions, such as severe physical trauma to the abdomen or breathing in herbs. But they are not as effective, and can actually cause harm to the woman. When a woman decides to go through with an abortion, it is a sad and personal event. Along with the woman not wishing to be pregnant, there are many other reasons why a woman would have an abortion. A woman may choose abortion if the baby has a birth defect or genetic problem, the pregnancy could harm her health, or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. It is a very emotionally distressing decision, but sometimes termination of the pregnancy is the best course of

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