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Abortion in Australia, the law and viewpoints.

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´╗┐Abortion Ancy Cherian The term abortion means the termination of a pregnancy usually taken place during the first trimester of pregnancy- up to 12 weeks. However, some might be performed within the second trimester (12-24) weeks or in rare circumstances, in the third trimester (24 ? 36 weeks). The termination of pregnancy is currently legal under certain circumstances in Australia with abortion laws varying from each state. Abortion is only legal in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland if the continuation of the pregnancy will endanger the life of the mother or affect her mental and physical health in anyway. Abortion laws in the Australian Capital Territory states that the patient cannot have an abortion until three days have passed since receiving the booklet regarding abortion. This booklet informs the patient about the dangers of abortion and photos of foetal development, this booklet must be shown to the patient. Abortions in Western Australia can only be performed if an informed consent is given by the woman and will result in serious personal, family or social consequences. ...read more.


Those who are for abortion believe only the mother has every right to terminate a pregnancy as she is carrying the foetus and the uterus is in her body. Ultimately, they also believe, the mother is affected the most in comparison to the father as it is the women who endure through nine months of pregnancy as well as the proves of childbirth, not the father. Another reason for their support in abortions is the restricted lifestyle of a woman once they have a child as it is expected for them to care for their child, unless someone else does it for them. This may mean that their jobs may be affected, and as a result, they will have financial troubles. Those who believe in abortions feel that it should be legalised internationally, hence preventing women from going to illegal abortionists. Those who believe that human life begins at conception are against abortion, stating that a foetus is a human being due to its unique genetic code. They believe that it is immoral to destroy the opportunity of life from a human being who was not responsible for this situation. ...read more.


While there are mixed opinions on this issue, I stand by the Biblical and scientific facts which indicate that the unborn child is a person, not just a piece of tissue. I can understand why many women opt for abortion-whether it may be due to rape, it?s not in their best interest to bring forth a child that was not made from love, or it will result in personal health problems. However, I personally wouldn?t have an abortion, not only because it?s unethical or immoral, but because the Bible states that humans are knitted together by God while yet in their mothers? wombs. While it may seem convenient to avoid the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy, abortion is actually the termination of an innocent life. Abortion may appear legal, and it may appear to be the easy way out. However, it is not the ethical, moral and right choice to make. However, if abortions were completely illegal, many women would seek illegal abortionists or try to induce a miscarriage. I also think that there is always a better alternative to abortions, such as adoption - as there are many couples who are unable to conceive a baby. ...read more.

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