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Abortion

日期: 2013-11-29
作者: 英迈思

Abortion is one of the controversial topics related to death all over the world. It involves termination of the pregnancy so that a mother does not proceed to give birth and may be administered for several reasons. However, different groups in the societies hold varying views in support or objection of the practice. Most opponents argue that abortion is equivalent to killing because it cuts short the life of unborn child (Haney 5). Laws prohibit killing and the culprits would be prosecuted and put in prisons. Therefore, women that abort would be equivalent of murders and liable for actions of law. On the other hand, proponents provide several reasons for adoption of abortion. These include the argument that the unborn child may not have started their lives hence abortion is not comparable to killing (Schwarz, & Kiki 21). In addition, it may have more benefits to the women such as their health.Owing to these controversies, many governments have formulated laws that provide direction for procurement of abortion among the respective population. In this paper different perspective that may warrant or prohibit an abortion are highlighted.

Abortion is differentiated from other forms of losing the unborn child so as to provide thoughtful guidelines for its application. It is not the same as miscarriage whereby a woman loses her pregnancy naturally (NHS 1). Though miscarriage has similar eventual outcomes as the abortion, the latter is characterized by human influence that is subject to the laws. Abortion laws, thus govern the behaviors of people to ensure the procedure is not misused. Some countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom provide grounds under which abortion could be adopted without necessarily leading to breakage of the law. For example, when the health and life of the mother is in danger, the pregnancy may be terminated through medical procedures carried out by health practitioners to save the woman (NHS 1). Also, the unborn child observed, with the help of recent technologies, to have serious abnormalities may be aborted to avoid the challenges that would be otherwise posed after birth. Other situations include unwanted pregnancies or sexual abuses such as during incidences of rape (Haney 93). Though allowed under these grounds, abortion is restrained to certain duration in the pregnancy cycle when it could be offered. Normally, this is in the early stages after conception, though may vary from one country to another. Recommended period is within 12 weeks of conception.During this time, the unborn child is considered as not developed enough to live and hence termination may not be equivalent to murder(Schwarz, & Kiki 57). Abortions beyond this period would be considered as killing unless the pregnant mothers experience special situations ascertained by medical practitioners. For example, if abortion is the only way to save the life of the mother.

In cases where abortion is adopted, the women could be vulnerable to some risks that may affect their lives, health or even lead to death. The risks are normally low when the procedure is carried out by healthcare professionals or during the early weeks of pregnancy. Some of the risks include hemorrhages where a woman loses much blood that may lead to death (NHS 1).  Also, the cervix as well as the womb may be damaged in cases where surgical operations are carried out.The risks are high where pregnant ladies seek the services of unqualified people to abort due to lack of finances or failure to meet condition provided in laws. In conclusion, the issue of abortion relates to the death of an unborn child or the mother and should be provided in line with laws and medical guidelines.


Works Cited

Haney, Johannah. The Abortion Debate: Understanding the Issues. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2009. Print.

NHS. Abortion. 2014. Web. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Abortion/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Schwarz, Stephen D, and Kiki Latimer. Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012. Print.

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