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21st Century Science Case study - Abortion In this study I plan to present the science involving abortion, and the statistics involving abortion along with arguments for and against abortion and draw conclusions to sum up these ideas. There are two views about abortion: whether it is acceptable to abort a baby or whether it is erroneous and ought to be treated as manslaughter. What is Abortion Abortion is the medical procedure of ending a pregnancy to avert the birth of a baby. Abortion must be carried out in a hospital or in a licensed clinic. For an abortion to go ahead, two doctors must concede that continuing with pregnancy may well cause supplementary mental or physical harm to the mother than having an abortion. In the UK it is illegal to abort a foetus up to the age of 24 weeks in the pregnancy procedure. There are mothers who obtain abortions right up to this age and I intend to put side by side and present the advantages and disadvantages for performing this action. Science So does science have anything to say about abortion? Those who have studied or know about embryology (the study of developing life in the womb) know full well how to answer this question. In fact, the unborn human fetus is genetically, a fully human being after the point of conception. As you will learn below, the aborted fetus is not just a "blob of tissue." Undeniably these babies are existing human life. ...read more.


The main arguments against this idea is that the abortion of an unborn human life is murder whether the child is healthy or diseased, and that the mother has no authority to terminate her pregnancy because she should take responsibility for her actions. As an argument for abortion even up to the later stages of pregnancy, many people have the opinion that the mother has the authority to decide whether to keep her baby or to have it terminated, simply because she was the one who made this life possible and that she would be the one who would have to take care of the child. Many people have strong views on this which is partly the reason why the law about abortion is the way that it is. However, opposing this argument are those who believe life begins in the embryo. They would think that abortion is murder or extremely wrong and may think that the mother shouldn't have that right to have an abortion. This argument suggests that the abortion of an embryo or foetus is murder. Abortions in this country are still occurring due to teenage pregnancies. Young people may find that they can not cope with the pressure or stress that parenting would bring. This is why abortion particularly for young mothers is seen to be ok by some people. The removal of education in a young person's life in this day and age is bad for the mothers future. ...read more.


On the other hand there are medical side effects from abortion in mothers. These include bladder injuries, bowel injury breast cancer, and ectopic pregnancy, effects on future pregnancy, failed abortion, hemerage, hepatitis, infection, future miscarriages, uterus perforation, post abortion syndrome rapid bleeding, sterility, ectopic pregnancy and social difficulties. Also new research shows that foetuses can feel pain just as we can. The suction or chopping up of the foetus during the abortion process is in fact felt by the developing human (Links from source 5). My view about abortion is that it is wrong, despite the age of the developing fetus. I feel strongly that the moral and ethical arguments are much stronger than the more scientific and social arguments because they involve life and death. One main reason for this is because I am a Christian. The Bible clearly shows that this is wrong. I don't think that there are any limitations to my argument because killing human life is murder. I can understand how lots of people think differently, but I feel strongly that it is wrong. Conclusion To conclude, the science of embryology tells us that human beings develop rapidly after fertilization of the egg. In fact, since the heart of the fetus begins to beat by 24 days, virtually all abortions (other than "emergency contraception") stop a beating heart. In fact, since most abortions occur between 4-6 weeks, they also destroy a functioning brain. Even modern embryology textbooks agree that human life begins at conception. Since abortion ends human life, one must ask the question whether abortion is justifiable homicide or murder. ...read more.

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** This is a case study written by a student with strong personal beliefs who has presented some of the case for and against abortion.
To improve:
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There are sources mentioned but these are not referenced and there seems to have been a very limited range selected. An evaluation of the source was only carried out in one case and this was very limited.
Background Science
The science content needs to be improved by describing different methods of abortion and how these are carried out. Information could be included on the development of the foetus and how this relates to the stages where most abortions are carried out. Charts or tables to present the relevant data would be helpful.
The information from relevant sources should be included with detailed references in each case. The authenticity and reliability of the evidence should be recognized and an explanation of the evidence should be included using underlying science.
The evidence needs to be compared and evaluated and a conclusion written that is justified, pointing out any limitations or alternative interpretations.
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The report would benefit from being organized into appropriately headed sections. The inclusion of diagrams, data tables and graphs is expected to help illustrate key ideas.

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