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Abortion The Fate Of An Unborn Child

811 words - 4 pages

It is a proven fact that thirty-six or more abortions are performed on women carrying a child
aged five months or older on a daily basis. At eight weeks of age, the stomach, liver, and kidneys
are functioning, and fingerprints have formed. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
Centers for Disease Control.) Abortion has been defined by the FIGO Ethics Committee as being,
"the termination of pregnancy using drugs and surgical intervention after implantation and before
conceptus [the product of conception] has become independently viable" (Schenker and Cain,
1999, p.318). With abortion, however, comes two different labels for the procedure. Their is unsafe
abortion, which is defined by WHO (1992) as being, "a procedure for terminating an unwanted
pregnancy either by persons lacking the skills or in an environment lacking the minimal medical
standards, or both" (AbouZher and Ahman, 1998, p.276). Yet, a contrasting label of abortion is
safe abortion which id determined by the knowledge of the professional who is terminating the
pregnancy. In addition, to another key factor in determining whether it is safe or unsafe method is
whether or not the environment in which the termination will commence is suitable and equipped
with ample accoutrements (Faundes, page 21).
To fully comprehend abortion, one must first understand the methods in which abortion is
completed. To begin with, an often utilized method is introduction of a dense, pointed object that is
impaled through the uterine cervix which causes the membrane to rupture and allows the entrance
of infection. In turn, the bacteria that has entered causes the body to reject the embryo/fetus. With
that method in mind, another one that is used was introduced with the process being intense
massaging of the woman's abdomen. However, with that method in mind, it has proved to be
extremely dangerous and usually ends with the need of emergency aid for the mother, as it tends to only partially abort the unborn child. In search of less invasive method, the Chinese developed a method labeled as the Vacuum Aspiration procedure. With this procedure, the uterine content,
which tends to be very minimal, is extracted from the uterus. After research was conducted, this
process was proven to possess the least amount of complications. In the 1980s, with the
advancement of medicine, Pharmacological methods were discovered by two scientists. The
discovery and development of RU486, which counteracts progesterone, is used to aid in the...

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