Abortion: Making A Case Against It

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Abortion is wrong because it is the killing of an innocent baby. Many people today think that there is nothing wrong with having an abortion. But not only is it killing a baby, it can also cause long term effects on the person getting the abortion. Some people can bleed to death while others may have fertility issues afterwards. This paper will state exactly what abortion is, statistics on abortion, the Church and cultural views of having an abortion, and other options than having an abortion such as adoption.
Abortion is when a baby is purposely killed inside a mother’s womb. There are many different types of abortion procedures. One type of procedure is a spontaneous abortion. A spontaneous abortion is an abortion that happens naturally. This kind of abortion happens when the uterus rejects an abnormal embryo. A spontaneous abortion is often referred to as a miscarriage (Abortion Funk & Wagnalls). An abortion that is purposely performed to end a pregnancy is an induced abortion. An induced abortion is often performed by a surgical procedure. In the early stage of pregnancy, there is a drug that will end the pregnancy if taken. About eighteen percent of abortions are done by taking this drug (Abort 73). A therapeutic abortion is an induced pregnancy performed when the health of the mother would be endangered if the pregnancy continued (Abortion Funk & Wagnalls). A curettage abortion is a procedure where the baby’s limbs are suctioned out of the mother’s womb. Afterwards any parts of the body will be scraped out using a surgical instrument called a curette. In 2010, about eighty-one percent of abortions were performed this way (Abort 73). There are many side effects of getting an abortion including death. Eight women died in 2009 because of complications from an abortion. From the years of 1973-2009, 411 women died as a result of an abortion (Abort 73).
In 2011, about 1.06 million abortions happened in the United States. The abortion rate has gone down. In 2008 there were about 1.21 million abortions that happened, in 2002 there were about 1.29 million abortions, 1.31 million in 2000, and about 1.36 million abortions occurred in 1996 (Abort 73). The states with the highest amount of abortions in 2011 were California with 181,730, New York with 138,370 and Florida with 84,990 abortions. The states with the lowest amount of abortions in 2011 were Wyoming with 120, South Dakota with 600, and North Dakota with 1, 250 abortions (Abort 73). In the United States, half of all pregnancies are unwanted. About four out of ten of the pregnancies are aborted. Twenty-one percent of pregnancies in America, not including miscarriages, end in abortion (Abort 73). In the year 2010, eighty five percent of abortions were performed on women who were not married. Women who lived with a man who they were not married to resulted in twenty-five percent of abortions. About fifty-six percent of abortions were performed on women who had never had an abortion before....

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