Abortion Essay examples

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During the past century, abortion has joined race and war as one of the most debatable subjects of controversy in the United States. It discusses human interaction, where ethics, emotions and law are combined. Abortion poses moral, social and medical dilemmas that focus many individuals to create an emotional and violent atmosphere.
     There are many points of view toward abortion, but the two most common are “pro-choice” and “pro-life”. A pro-choice person would feel that the decision to abort a pregnancy is that of the mother’s and the state should have no right to interfere. A pro-life person believes that from the moment of conception, the embryo or fetus is alive. In the United States about 1.6 million
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During the second trimester (14-24 weeks), state laws and regulations can regulate abortion in order to protect a woman’s health. During the last trimester (after 24 weeks) and after the fetus is a viable, state law and regulations may prohibit abortion except when it is necessary to preserve the life or health of the woman.
     Now in force in eleven states, informed consent laws require women to receive state-mandated laws, lectures and booklets on abortion and fetal development and then wait 24 hours having an abortion. In many cases, the doctor or other medical professional must give the lecture. Women are required to make an extra appointment at a clinic for a lecture, even if they are traveling from another city or state. Abortion is the only medical procedure to which informed consent laws currently apply.
     Informed consent letters often contain misleading information about a woman’ s ability to get welfare and child support, the risks of abortion and when women can safely change their minds or stop a procedure. Biased information on fetal development and viability may also be included in state-prepared booklets.
     Several alternatives to abortion include, counseling during the first trimester to help her decide whether to have an abortion or not. Herbal abortions which induce miscarriages are 40-45% effective. They are usually not recommended due to high risk of

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