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Should Abortion be banned?

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Should abortion be banned? Abortion is the termination of a foetus when it is still in the womb, carried out before twenty four weeks of the pregnancy, although the majority of clinics will not accept patients after the eighteen to twenty week stage. It is currently legal in most parts of the world, and many believe it should stay legal. They believe that a woman should be in control, and should have the right to choose if she wants a baby or not. On the other hand, there are also many people who believe that abortion is wrong and that a woman should not have the right to kill another human being even if it is not yet born. The main methods of abortion are the abortion pill, a surgical termination or a medical termination. The pill is for pregnancies up to nine weeks old and involves taking two drugs forty eight hours apart; this tends to be the most painful way to abort a child. A surgical termination can be performed up to thirteen weeks and may be performed under local or general anesthetic. Most women will then leave hospital on the same day. From fourteen to nineteen weeks the technique is slightly different in that it is known as a surgical dilation and evacuation. ...read more.

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Mentally also, many women feel guilty after aborting a child, which, in some cases can lead to depression. It can take a long time for a woman to get over the fact they have aborted their child, with many wanting to get pregnant again to bring a life into the world as they are full of guilt. Another view to this argument is that people do not have the complete right to control their bodies in every situation. All people are subject to various restrictions on what they do with their bodies - and some of these restrictions (laws against suicide or euthanasia) are just as invasive. So they question, why should abortion be banned, but not these others? There are also many religious views regarding abortion; for example, Buddhists do not have only one singular view on abortion, but they instead have the view that it is your decision as long as you fully understand what you are doing, and your reasons for doing so. Consequently, they do not encourage abortion, due to the release of bad karma for the mother. However, they do believe that if you know that the child is to be born with any sort of physical or mental disability, then it may be the kindest thing to abort it, saving it from a life of what they think would be full of suffering and pain. ...read more.

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I hereby think, that if it has been happening for so many years, then it should not be banned, as sometimes, it is needed. I think that if abortion were to be banned, then it would cause a lot more pain than joy, as many people would still want an abortion, and would then do almost anything to get one, which could lead to illegal abortion clinics being set up across the globe, with a high price attached to safety. I think that we should keep abortions legal as we can perform them safely, with a lower risk of anything bad happening to the mother. We hear many stories about abortion in the media, which unquestionably will assist us all in developing our own views and opinions on the topic. We see stories backing up each side, abortions which cause problems and ones which solve problems. There will always be stories regarding each side, which leads to a variety of opinions throughout the population. Consequently, I personally do not think abortion should be banned, although I do believe that many people take the system for granted, and that abortions should only be available under specific circumstances. I believe they should always be performed before the baby has developed past 9 weeks, as that is where brain activity has been recognised, so that is where I class the foetus as actually being a real, living, baby. ?? ?? ?? ?? Becky Menzies Discursive Essay September '08 ...read more.

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