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It's My Choice - Abortion.

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Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, commonly known, in mainly religious circles as 'murdering' of the foetus. There are many methods to perform an abortion, including starving the foetus of oxygen, the womb being filled with a toxic gas and the foetus being crushed up and extracted from the womb. These methods seem barbaric, but an important point to remember is that the foetus will be less than twenty-four weeks old and is not able to feel pain anyway. If the foetus was brought into the world unwanted, unloved and entering into a life of torture, is this not where the pain comes in? Is it not better that the child had passed away painlessly as an embryo in the mother's womb, rather than having a life of torture? If you are thinking that there are no valid reasons for abortion, just imagine a fourteen-year-old girl who has been raped. How can she be expected to get on with her life and ever recover if she has a baby? How can she receive a full education? Every time she looks at the baby, she will be reminded of her terrible experience. Although I do not agree with abortion being taken as just the 'easy way out', there are other acceptable reasons that abortions should be available. If a sixteen-year-old girl goes to a party, gets drunk, ends up having sex with some guy she doesn't even know and gets pregnant, what happens? ...read more.


With modern technology, a pregnant woman can now find out a lot more about her unborn child. This means she can find out if the child has a disability. The woman can then make the choice of having an abortion on medical grounds. In some cases this is good, in some it's bad. I think that if a child has a serious disability for example; Hydrocephaly - this is when the child is born with water on the brain and has a life expectancy of only three days. Another serious disability is Cystic Fibrosis - this is a serious lung disease where the child has problems breathing, children with this have a very short life expectancy (teenage years). Hydrocephaly cannot be treated; Cystic Fibrous also cannot be treated but can be prolonged with antibiotics and physiotherapy. In either case, the child will not live for any length of time, and in the case of Cystic Fibrosis the child will suffer all their short life. In these circumstances the mother may very well have the foetus aborted, and why shouldn't she? She is only thinking of the child in this case, and the suffering it would face and possibly the death of it shortly after its birth. If the mother is told by her GP that her unborn child will be born with Cystic Fibrous, she might still want to have the baby but is she certain? ...read more.


To conclude abortions are a reality in today's society and I think they should be allowed to take place under the right circumstances and with a legitimate reason. There are many reasons to argue against abortion, however, the majority of abortions take place in the first twenty-four weeks. Therefore, the procedure is painless to both mother and foetus and in addition the law states that it isn't a viable child until after twenty-four weeks, so it isn't a baby yet, it is just a foetus. If a child was brought into the world and was hated and disowned it would feel worthless. At least with an abortion it doesn't know the difference. Everybody makes mistakes. If one of them happens to be getting pregnant at the wrong time, or under the wrong circumstances or the child has a serious disability then the option of abortion should be made available. A woman should never be made to feel that she should pay for this mistake for the rest of her life, especially from religious groups. I would think that coming to terms with a pregnancy and the possible termination of the foetus would be a very difficult choice. The woman would always remember her decision, even if the child were not born. It is the mothers' life that the baby will change forever so it should be the mothers' choice to continue or terminate the pregnancy. She should be allowed to make this very personal difficult decision free from any moral, religious or societal pressure. ...read more.

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