This Essay Is About Abortion. It Uses Many Quotes From Doctors And Scientists Arguing Pro Choice.

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ABORTIONAbortion is a termination of pregnancy by a surgical procedure (Bishop, 1998, p.1). There are no abortion laws in Canada; however people's opinions about it are quite different. Abortion is a huge issue to which there is really no answer, but there are many opinions and some evidence. Anti-abortionists state that abortion is murder and pro-choice completely disagrees with that statement. This medical procedure is not murder, nor is it immoral. Abortion in not a killing of a human life, it is a termination of 130 cells clumped together (, 1989, p.33); these cells have "potential for life, which is quite different from actual life. The procedure is just a simple and short medical "surgery".First of all, every fact about pregnancy and the fetus have to be known for one to be sure on whether abortion is wrong. A fertilized ovum is called a zygote and it reaches the uterus only in 3-4 days. It floats freely in the woman's body for 48 hours. Not until the sixth week does the embryo start to grow. In the sixth week of the pregnancy, the embryo is 1/5 of an inch in length and primitive organs are visible; however they are at the first stage of developing. In other words, one can see just the shape of what is to become organs. The embryo is very small even in the tenth week of the pregnancy. It is about one inch in length and its nervous system responds, but at this stage the nervous system is responsive only in a form of shocks (, It is very important to understand that 90% of abortions are done before the 13th week of thepregnancy (Regas in Cozic & Tipp, 1991, p.55), therefore the removal of the embryo is not a killing, but a surgical procedure that requires removing a clump of tissues that are not even close to being human.There are many methods of removing the embryo from a woman's body. In order to make sure that there will be fewer risks after each method, there are also pre-abortion procedures. One of the pre-abortion procedures is that the patient is interviewed in order to determine the age of the fetus (this is measured from the woman's last menstrual period). A pregnancy test is required in order to make sure that the woman is pregnant and a pelvic examination is necessary in order to determine the size of the uterus and size of the fetus(, 1998, p. 5-7).The pre-abortion procedures, also, take place in order to determine the method of abortion . In the early stages of pregnancy, when abortions are mostly done, the most common method is suction curettage, also known as the vacuum aspiration. This method involves the removal of the fetus by suction and then scraping the woman's uterus with surgical instruments called curettes. Another method of aborting a fetus in the early stages is by taking a drug called mifepristone RU-486, also known as a "morning after" pill. The way this drug works is that is blocks the production of hormone progesterone which is crucial for receiving and nourishing the fetus (O'Brien,...

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