Scream of Silence Abortion has been around since ancient times as a crude method of birth control. Many religions during this time forbade the practice of abortion. Abortion was not illegal in most countries until the 19 th century. The law against abortion during this time period forbade the procedure after fetal movement could be felt. However in the 20 th century many nations began to relax their laws against abortion. Today, all types of abortions are legal except the partial birth abortion, which will be described later.
This procedure is only allowed if the fetus is showing severe deformities. “An abortion is the termination of pregnancy before birth, resulting in, or accompanied by, the death of the fetus” (Encarta Encyclopedia).
Not all abortions are intentional- these are specified as miscarriages. A miscarriage is when the fetus does not develop properly or the mother has some type of injury or disorder that is harmful to the fetus and causes it to die. I will go into great detail about the abortions that are induced, because the pregnancy is unwanted or presents a health risk to the mother. There are different types of procedures that are used determining the length of the pregnancy.
The age of the fetus, or the length of the pregnancy establishes the method that is chosen. The first method uses two drugs that when put together cause the death of the fetus. Misoprostol and methotrexate, an anticancer drug, interfere with cell division. A doctor first injects the pregnant women with the drug methotrexate, and then a week later misoprostol. Misoprostol lead to uterine contractions and forces out the fetus. This combination is 95 percent effective is most women who consume them.
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Yet, with most drugs they cause side effects. The most common side effects are nausea, cramping, and bleeding. There are more serious side effects such as, arrhythmia, edema, and pneumonia, which affect the heart and lungs and further causes death. In the first four to six weeks of pregnancy, the procedure called preemptive abortion is done.
Which corresponds with the method done the first six to eight weeks, early uterine evacuation. Both these procedures are done by the insertion of a narrow tube called a cannula into the cervix and then into the uterus. The cannula is then attached to a suction device, which could be a syringe or something along that line, and the contents inside the uterus, which is the fetus, is pulled out. The only difference between these two procedures the size of the cannula, the preemptive abortion uses a smaller one. These could both be provided to women at clinics or a doctor’s office.
They only last a few minutes and the most common side effect is infection, and bleeding. When the pregnancy is six to fourteen weeks into the pregnancy, vacuum aspiration is done. This procedure requires the cervix to be enlarged so the cannula can be inserted into the uterus. Seeing that the cervix was larger, tapered instruments called dilators, enlarge the cervix more, so the final instrument could be inserted. The fluid that surrounds the fetus is then removed and replaced with another fluid.
This fluid is either saline or salt, pitocin, which is a synthetic form of a chemical produced by the pituitary gland that induces labor. Within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure the uterus begins to go into labor and the fetus is forced out. The side effects are heavy bleeding, infection, or injuries to the cervix and require a stay of one or more days at the hospital. Once the pregnancy reached the end of the second trimester they require a major surgery. There are two procedures that are done during this time period, such as hysterotomy and intact dilation. In a hysterotomy, which is similar to a cesarean section, the uterus is cut open and the fetus is removed.
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This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. A partial birth abortion, also intact dilation, consists of partially removing the fetus from the uterus through the vagina. First the feet are pulled out and then a using a suction tube the brain and the spinal fluid are removed from the skull. The skull then collapses and the fetus can be pulled out completely. Today abortion is one of the most debated issues. There are two parties that are fighting over abortion, pro-life against abortion, and pro-choice for the women to choose.
Yet, both sides of the disagreement feel the political view on the issue are in a deadlock. This is because they are ignoring the problems associated with the matter. They feel that more information needs to be provided to society and the time needs to be taken to answer the questions women may have. I have an undecided view on the topic of abortion. Yes, I believe everyone has the right to life, and seeing the fetus is a living being from the moment of conception, it should not be killed.
Just because the fetus cannot speak for itself does not give the right to someone else. I feel that everyone is a gift from God and should be cherished in all ways. Abortion abides that. I think that if people were more aware of what really happened during an abortion, the entire trauma that occurs after the abortion, many would not consider.
There should be a counseling group for women who have had abortions. They should met at an abortion clinic were they could talk to women who are considering this procedure, all the effects and feelings that are prominent with the abortion procedure. This would give all people a better understanding and most likely change many of the women’s minds. There is the commandment “Thou shall not kill.” This applies to abortion also.
I believe that God has a plan for everyone and if he gave you the gift of having a baby, you should be grateful for that gift. Abortion is an act of murder, just like someone being shot to death, why is this a crime and abortion isn’t? The Catholic Church today does not agree with the laws legalizing abortion. They see it all a morally wrong act that is a sin in the Church. Going to a Catholic high school I was taught the laws of the Church. Yet, I don’t know if I would be able to follow those laws if I was presented with that situation at this time in my life. I also feel that even if laws are passed making abortion illegal, it will still be present in our world.
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People will find a way to have the procedure done. Whether in a dark alley, or in a certified doctor’s office with a doctor who’s looking to make some extra cash. Once the idea is put into someone’s mind, it will never disappear. Someone will always be willing g to provide you, the women, with the procedure. This is also the case with many worldwide issues today. Such as, euthanasia, racism, and certain drug use.
I know I sound as if I am contradicting myself by saying; no you shouldn’t kill because it is morally wrong, yet if I were to get pregnant I would seriously consider having an abortion. It really boils down to one point- I am not ready for such a problem. I do not have the authority to take someone’s life away from them, which is only to be decided by God but I’m not ready to bring a child into this world either. For now on I will be cautious, and put great thought into my decisions.