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Should you be allowed to abort a baby ?

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Should you be allowed to abort a baby ? By Ruth Rudd Abortion is a controversial issue which has been in the middle of a heated debate for many reasons. I have created this case study to show different opinions and sides of the argument from a variety of people from different religions, cultures and professions. I will also try and find evidence to support argument and eventually make a personal conclusion as to whether the current law concerning abortion is ethical and the best all round. As the law currently stands you are allowed an abortion 24 weeks into your pregnancy. It has been estimated that yearly, approximately 46 million abortions are performed worldwide. Of these, 26 million are said to occur in places where abortion is legal; the other 20 million happen where it is illegal. Some countries, such as Belgium (11.2 per 100 known pregnancies) and the Netherlands (10.6 per 100), have a low rate of legal abortion, while others like Russia (62.6 per 100) ...read more.

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So surely this alone is enough evidance to suggest that the latest you should be allowed an abortion is up to 19 weeks, if there is even a chance that the babys could be born breathing. To show how well developed a fetus in the womb at 19 weeks is here is a photograph to show: The fact that babies can and have been born alive after failed abortions attempts has brought up another side to the debate about late abortions,I will now look at some of the arguments from people who believe abortion should either be banned or a reduced time limit should be introduced. It is not known how many babies who survive attempted abortions go on to live into adulthood. Paul Clarke, a neonatal intensive care specialist in Norwich, has treated a boy born at 24 weeks after three failed abortion attempts. The mother decided to keep the child, who is now two years old but is suffering what doctors call "significant ongoing medical problems". ...read more.

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From looking and studying the evidance and looking at differant sides of each argument i have come to a personal conclusion. There is no doubt that having an abortion is not the easy way out, as some women after an abortion have to have counselling and suffer physicall and mentall pain. I do believe that in some cases such as a female who has been raped, abortion could be the best option. However i do not believe that the current law concerning abortion should continue to stay as it is, i think that abortion should not be banned completely but the time into your pregnancy you can still have an abortion should be reduced from 24 week to 17. I have came to this conclusion because allthough it is the womens body and she has ultimate rights as to what happens to her self, along the line somewere a line has to be drawn to say the the fetus is no longer a fetus but an unborn baby. ...read more.

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