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Here is a scenario, you're a married female and you're pregnant. You go for your monthly check up and you find out your child has a life-threatening genetic disorder. The doctor tells you that your baby will not live past five, and every day of his or her life would be spent in pain. What would you do? Would you have an abortion, or let that poor child suffer? Now imagine you're a fifteen year old girl, do you still have the same sympathy? Abortion is viewed by many people as morally wrong, as murder. It is also viewed as a logical solution by many women to their dilemma. Abortion is a personal choice and every woman has the right to make their own decision. Why should others dictate a decision that personal?

Before you answer these questions, think about what you know about abortion. Abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure is done by a licensed physician or someone acting under the supervision of a licensed physician. There are four types of abortions. The first is medical abortion, or the abortion pill. It is an option that can be taken up to 8 weeks of pregnancy. Prescription Mifepristone is taken in pill form at the clinic. It causes the end of the pregnancy. Then 24-72 hours later, the woman uses Misoprostol which causes her to expel the tissue. Vacuum Aspiration is the second option, in the first trimester, usually 6 to 13 weeks, vacuum aspiration is the procedure used to empty the uterus. IPAS Syringe - Early Abortion with Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) is the third option, as soon as the pregnancy can be detected by ultrasound(typically 4-5 weeks), an abortion can be performed using a manual aspiration device called the IPAS Syringe. A handheld syringe is used to empty the uterus. D & E (Dilate and Evacuate) is the fourth option. This procedure can be preformed from 13 to 24 weeks, dilators are used to expand the opening to the uterus, which is then numbed and the sucked out to remove the pregnancy.

Several decades ago before the case of Roe Vs. Wade in 1973, thousands of women died from injuries sustained from back alley abortions.



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