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What is meant by the term abortion?

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G.C.S.E. - R.S. Christian perspectives A - i) What is meant by the term "abortion?" The term abortion generally means the induced labour of a pregnancy before the pregnancy has reached its full term. Abortion is used to describe the discontinuing of a pregnancy by removal of a foetus or embryo from the uterus resulting in the death of the unborn child. Women could have an abortion for a variety of reasons. For instance the high numbers of teenage pregnancies is causing more young people to find it hard to come to terms with the prospect of becoming parents at such a young age therefore they may choose to have an abortion. ...read more.

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Then a sterilized tube is inserted into the woman's uterus through the vaginal opening. Suction is then applied to the end of the tube and the content of the uterus is sucked out and the pregnancy is consequently ended. However at 14 to 19 or 20 weeks the procedure is changed and instead the uterus neck is stretched so that the embryo or foetus can be removed by the usage of forceps. Up to 24 or 25 weeks a medical abortion can be administered. However these are uncommon. The woman is given 2 tablets 48 hours apart orally and the tablets are administered at the hospital. The first one is taken and then the woman returns 2 days later. ...read more.

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There are a variety of reasons why abortion was legalised. Some of which are as follows; having a law on abortion wouldn't mean women would stop having abortions it just means they would find illegal places for their abortion to be carried out. People believe that every child born should be a wanted child (quote taken from http://www.livestrong.com/article/13934-nine-reasons-why-abortions-are-legal/), accidents can happen and contraception which is used is never 100% effective. International status of abortion law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AbortionLawsMap-NoLegend.png) Legal on request Illegal with exception for rape, maternal life, health, mental health, social economic factors, and/or fetal defects Illegal with exception for rape, maternal life, health, fetal defects, and/or mental health Illegal with exception for rape, maternal life, health, and/or mental health Illegal with exception for maternal life, health, and/or mental health Illegal with no exceptions Varies by region No information ?? ?? ?? ?? Jessica Moorhouse ...read more.

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