Essay on The Pros and Cons of Abortion

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In 2013 approximately 1.2 million abortions took place in the United States. From 1973 through 2013, over 50 million legal abortions have occurred. Even though an abortion can harm your body, women still get them and take the risk of future health problems or even death. In this essay you will learn the pros and cons of having an abortion. This paper will explain all of the harmful ways abortions can harm your body and also how they may affect you in a positive and in a negative way. It will also help you understand why people decide to get an abortion or why they decide not to get them. Even though you may not agree with the decision of abortion, you have to have an open mind to other people’s decisions and opinions towards them.
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The physical side effects of abortion will vary from woman to woman. There are many side effects and risks that you should be aware of and should talk to your doctor who will be preforming the operation. Serious complications can occur in first timers such as: heavy bleeding, infection, damage to the cervix, scaring to the uterine line, damage to other organs, and in worse cases, death. Other physical side effects after an abortion include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You have to be aware that these risks are really serious and to think hard about your decisions. A pro-choice research team in New Zealand, analyzing data from a 25 year period and controlling for multiple factors both pre and post abortion, found conclusively that abortion in young women is associated with increased risks of major depression, anxious disorder, suicidal behaviors, and substance dependence (Moira). This was the most comprehensive long term study ever conducted on the issue. Ending a pregnancy can be both mentally and physically uncomfortable. CareConfidential.com states that sleeping and relationship problems, flashbacks and feeling the need to replace the lost child is possible psychological consequences of having an abortion. A woman might feel relieved but guilty for feeling that relief (Livestrong).
No matter how you put it abortion is killing a living fetus. At twenty weeks your baby can feel pain. Babies at twenty weeks gestation react

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