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Abortion case study

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Abortion: Should It Be Banned? Contents of Case Study: Introduction ... Pages 3/4 Laws About Abortion... Pages 4 Facts On Abortion... Page 5/6 The Science Behind Abortions... Pages 6,7, 8 Evidence Arguing For Abortion... Pages 9/10 Evidence Arguing Against Abortion... Pages 11/12 Conclusion... Page 13 Bibliography... Page 14 Introduction What is Abortion? Abortion is the term used to describe the termination of a pregnancy. Abortions can be used in many situations due to 'deliberate' or 'non-deliberate' removal of the foetus. Due to the fact that an abortion is classed as any pregnancy which does not produce a live baby, a 'non-deliberate' removal of the foetus is still classed as an abortion (Taken from Wikipedia.com) . The correct term for a deliberate removal of a foetus is 'induced abortion' whereas a 'non-deliberate' removal would be referred to as a 'spontaneous' abortion, otherwise known as a 'miscarriage'. Abortions can be used in many forms (according to (www.lifesitenews.com/abortiontypes). However, each type depends on the development of the foetus and also how long the woman has been pregnant for. For example: If an abortion is used during the first 12 weeks, then 'suction aspiration' is used. A suction curette which is connected to a vacuum machine is inserted into the womb. The vacuum suction destroys the placenta, along with the foetus. Once they have been torn into small pieces they are deposited into a bottle and disposed of. As a pose to this early termination, there are also abortions which are used later on in the pregnancy's maturity. At 30 weeks a 'Partial-birth abortion' is used. The baby's legs are clasped with forceps while it is in the womb; the whole body excluding the head is then delivered. Scissors are injected into the baby's skull to open it up. A suction catheter is then inserted and the baby's brains are sucked out. I will take all of these methods into consideration in order to determine whether or not abortion should be banned or not. ...read more.


The suction power is almost 24 times that of an ordinary household vacuum. Both methods use the same level of suction so they are considered equal in terms of efficiency and safety. The cervix is first numbed with anesthetics. Then dilators are used to open the cervix up or sometimes dilation is medically induced with drugs such as misoprostol (This softens the cervix in order to help it open up). A speculum is used to dilate the vagina in order to examine the uterus. Lastly, a sterile cannula is inserted into the uterus and attached to a pump by tubing. The pump creates a vacuum which empties the uterine contents. The woman may experience contractions due to the fact that the uterine tissue is being removed from the uterus. After any procedure for abortion or miscarriage treatment, the tissue removed from the uterus is examined for completeness. The tissue which has been retrieved is checked to see if it contains the embryo as well as the chorionic villi which are villi that sprout from the chorion so as to give a maximum area of contact with the maternal blood. The embryonic blood is carried to the villi by the branches of the umbilical arteries, and after circulating the capillaries of the villi, it is returned to the embryo via the umbilical veins, the decidua which forms part of the placenta through the uterine lining, amniotic fluid which is the fluid that the baby is preserved and protected in while it is held in the womb, the amniotic membrane. Arguments for abortions There are various reasons as to why people protest for abortions. They believe that abortions should not be banned. I will explore several of these reasons in the following paragraph. One of the main reasons as to why people believe abortions should be allowed is because they think that the mother should be able to decide whether or not she should give birth to a child. ...read more.


I believe that abortions should not be banned. This is for various reasons. However, there are limitations as to when abortions should be banned. People should not be allowed to have abortions with such ease because they have begun to use them as an emergency contraception. I believe that abortions should not be banned for various reasons. For example, a person who had been raped should not be forced to continue with the pregnancy for obvious reasons. They may not want to give birth to the rapist's child. It may bring back bad memories to the mother. Also if the child is going to be born into a family where they are not going to be looked after properly, then the child may not want to live in this way. However, the mother should still continue with the pregnancy in order to give them a chance to live. After the child has been given birth to, they should be aborted. Moreover, if a child is disabled then they shouldn't have to live with the burden of living a sad life. No one should. Neither the parent, nor the child should live with the burden of having to be sad and pity the child. From a religious point of view, the child has not yet committed any sins so they would go straight to haven. Lastly, if abortions had been banned then women would be having illegal abortions at illegal clinics. They would be having abortions without the proper equipment required and this would only serve to make the mother ill or even damage her body in the long run. They may begin to try and kill the baby through other ways, like drinking or smoking, or even trying to hit the baby through the mother's stomach. This would obviously cause damage to the mother. For example, her liver would be damaged if she drunk, her lungs would be damaged if the smoked and her physical frame would be damaged if she hit herself. ...read more.

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The author does answer the question, and comes to a solid conclusion, using good reasoning. They provide arguments for both sides, and argue them convincingly, but should check their work more thoroughly to avoid errors. The author may want to ...

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Response to the question

The author does answer the question, and comes to a solid conclusion, using good reasoning. They provide arguments for both sides, and argue them convincingly, but should check their work more thoroughly to avoid errors. The author may want to consider reducing the length of their quotes (eg in Arguments for Abortion) and instead constructing a synopsis of what the quote meant.

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An introduction is generally best used to explain the purpose of the piece and briefly discuss the topics covered. I feel the author perhaps put too much detail into their explanations during the introduction, and would have been better off giving an overview of all their paragraphs. E.g. “An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. It may be natural or induced. Different methods of abortion apply at different stages in the pregnancy, and people have differing views on the morality of abortion. People have abortions for various reasons: the mother’s life may be in danger, or they may not be ready for motherhood...” The author says that to make the essay unbiased they will “take into consideration the fact that sometimes abortion is necessary to make sure the foetus isn’t born into unsuitable surroundings, or born with a disease that could limit its happiness.” In an essay such as this it should not be necessary to explain that you are making it neutral and unbiased, you should just ensure this in the writing you produce. It may be advisable to limit the use of emotive vocabulary, and to ask someone with a different opinion on the subject to read the piece.

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It is excellent that the author has included references in their essay, but it is generally better to add them as endnotes linked to the text using superscript. The endnote function in word 2007 is really useful as if you add an endnote part way through your work it automatically reorders your endnotes. (eg instead of (taken from Wikipedia.com) you would superscript a number and add a link to the exact page at the end of the essay). Additionally, Wikipedia is not generally regarded as the most reliable source, dictionaries, .edu and .ac.uk sites are much more highly regarded. It’s worth noting that many county library services offer free access to the Oxford Reference site, so you could visit that, put your library number in and see what comes up. The author should include more references, including citations for their images and their statistics. The author also uses somewhat emotive language in their introduction saying “ the baby’s are sucked out”. It might have been better to use more scientific terminology, but this depends on the aim of the piece. Generally the writing is grammatically correct, but there are some significant errors. These include using “Island” instead of “Ireland” and “as a pose to” instead of “as opposed to” . Some sentences such as “there are many different perceptions about how late abortions can be left till before it is murder and some even believe that abortions shouldn’t be allowed at all,” seem clumsy and make the piece seem ill-considered. The author makes excellent use of scientific vocabulary, but should ensure the explain the meaning of complicated words to show they understand what they mean (eg prostaglandin). The author should proof-read their work as including sentences such as “they are un-intentional, otherwise known as un-intentional,” makes the piece look sloppy.

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