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Abortions Essay

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Abortions and Morals versus The Right To Choose
Latrice Dixon
PHI 103: Informal Logic
Professor Victor Reppert
2/7/2012

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Over the course of history topics have been discussed, debated, and then re-discussed. Some would say can’t they agree to disagree or maybe move on to another topic. The most controversial topic in America history has been and continues to be abortion, the right to choose life or death. This paper will give the argument for and against abortion, the history of abortions, the religious aspects, and the statics of abortions including complications. I am against abortion because of my religious views and I think it is morally wrong to have an abortion. ...view middle of the document...

abortionfacts.com). Lawrence Finer, associate director for domestic research at the Guttmacher Institute says “the United States has one of the highest abortion rates in the developed world, with women from every age group, socioeconomic, racial, ethical and religious subgroup obtaining abortions” (www.guttmacher.org). Nearly half of pregnancies among Americans women are unintended, and about four in 10 of these are terminated by an abortion (www.guttmacher.org). Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion (www.guttmacher.org). Forth percent of pregnancies among white women, sixty-seven among blacks and fifty-three among Hispanics are unintended (www.guttmacher.org). In 2008, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million in 2000 (www.guttmacher.org). However, between 2005 and 2008, the long-term decline in abortions stalled (www.guttmacher,org). From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions occurred (www.guttmacher.org). This amounts to 3,322 abortions per day (http://prolife.org). Each year, two percent of women ages 15-44 have an abortion (www.guttmacher.org). At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, at current rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45 (www.guttmacher.org). Even with abortions there are deaths. Between 1972 and 1987, 240 women died as a result of legal induced abortions (Astrak, Frye, Lawson, Shulman, and Smith. Abortion mortality, United States, 1972-1987). The rate decreased 90% over time from 4.1 deaths per 100,000 abortions in 1972 to 0.4 in 1987 (Astrak, Frye, Lawson, Shulman, Smith. Abortion mortality, United States, 1972-1987). Women have three times the risk of death as teenagers (Astrak, Frye, Lawson, Shulman, Smith. Abortion mortality, United States, 1972-1987). Although, legal induced abortion-related deaths are rare events, the findings showed efforts are needed to increase the safety of anesthetic methods and agents used for abortions (Astrak, Frye, Lawson, Shulman, and Smith. Abortion mortality, United States, 1972-1987).
There are various ways abortions are performed in this country. The RU-486 is a drug that produces an abortion (www.abortionfacts.com/literature). It is taken after the mother misses her period, and can be used up until the second month of pregnancy (www.abortionfacts.com/literature). This drug works by blocking progesterone, a crucial hormone during pregnancy, without progesterone the uterine lining does not provide food, fluid or oxygen to the tiny developing baby (www.abortionfacts.com/literature). A second drug is then given that stimulates the uterus and the baby is expelled (www.abortionfacts.com/literature). This abortion could last over a week instead of being over in a few minutes (www.abortionfacts.com/literature). With Suction-Aspiration the cervical muscle ring must be paralyzed and...

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