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Abortion

Abortion annon Abortion on demand should be legal for many reasons. In countries where abortion is absolutely not tolerated it is a fact that women continue to receive abortions, from unqualified back-street abortionists or the village massage abortionist. Both of these individuals risk putting the woman through painful and potentially fatal tortures just in an attempt to abort a child. Each year 84 000 women die worldwide from failed abortion attempts. Because of anti-abortion legislation women avoid going to the hospital, often until it is too late, to avoid prosecution from police.

In the cases of rape and incest the very idea of being forced to have the child of the woman’s abuser is repulsive. There are also cases when a woman’s health is put in jeopardy by having a child at all, forcing such a woman to bring a child to term, would be no less than attempted murder. If a woman is forced to give birth to a child she does not want, if left in that woman’s custody, the child could potentially face hatred and resentment from the mother for the rest of it’s life. In countries all over the world, children are found dead and abandoned in places as degrading as garbage dumps. The only effective method of preventing unwanted births is abstinence, and this is just not a realistic objective.

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There is no 100% effective form of birth control, and even men and women using birth control have unwanted pregnancies. Some women for financial, occupational, social, and maturity reasons, see pregnancy as cessation of their lives. There are no accurate statistics on how many women attempt or succeed in committing suicide each year rather than live with their pregnancies. Women will continue to have abortions with or without government legislation, but with legislation, the conditions under which they have their abortions can be sanctioned and observed. The role of family in abortion is that preservation of family has a profound impact on some women’s decision whether or not to have an abortion. Some women have learned to protect and preserve each and every member of her family, including an unborn child.

For these women abortion is not even a consideration, but many do live their lives harboring resent towards their husbands and the child for forcing her to have a child she did not necessarily want. Other women see abortion as a necessity to protect the family they already have. For financial reasons especially some women believe that abortion at this time in life is not an option, and to protect the stability of their families have abortions. The role that school has on the issue of abortion is that presently schools teach students how to best protect themselves against pregnancy. Many schools provide condoms to students, and attempt to instill a sense of responsibility in both female and male students. The role that the church plays on the issue of abortion is especially important to society.

For hundreds of years, whatever the church’s position on abortion, the entire world adopted. For centuries the church has accepted abortion for a few hundred years and then condemned abortion for a few hundred years, but in either case society has embraced the church’s thinking. For many both religious and non-religious women, the church’s opinion of abortion is highly revered and obeyed. The Catholic Church denounces both birth control and abortion so women are getting pregnant and are being forced to raise enormous families, straining the family, especially financially. The government’s role in the issue of abortion, is the legislator of all laws pertaining to abortion.

The Canadian government, which is more lenient towards the issue of abortion than other countries, provides abortion to women, on the grounds of either mental or physical damage that would be caused by the birth of a child. The government also bans most abortions after the first trimester because after this date, there is significantly more risk to the health of the woman. The medical profession provides legal abortions to women, and it is medical professionals who make up the panel of doctors who decide if a woman may have an abortion. These members examine what level of trauma the woman would suffer by having a child, and decide whether or not to grant an abortion to a woman.

Abortion

In Roman times, abortion and the destruction of unwanted children was permissible, but as our civilization has aged, it seems that such acts were no longer acceptable by rational human beings, so that in 1948, Canada along with most other nations in the world signed a declaration of the United Nations promising every human being the right to life. The World Medical Association meeting in Geneve at the same time stated that the utmost respect for human life was to be from the moment of conception. This declaration was re-affirmed when the World Medical Association met in Oslo in 1970. Should we go backwards in our concern for the life of an individual human being?
The unborn human is still a human life and not all the wishful thinking of those advocating real of abortion laws, can alter this. Those of us who would seek to protect the human who is still to small to cry aloud for it’s own protection, have been accused of having a 19th century approach to life in the lat third of the 20th century. But who in reality is using arguments of a bygone century? It is an incontrovertible fact of biological science. Make no mistake, that from the moment of conception, a new human life has been created.
Only those who allow their emotional passion to override their knowledge can deny it. Only those who are irrational or ignorant of science doubt that when a human sperm fertilizes a human ovum a new human being is created. A new human being who carries genes in its cells that make that human being uniquely different from any and other human being and yet, undeniably a member, as we all are, of the great human family. The entire fetus needs to grow into a baby, a child, and grow into old age. It is determined at that very moment of conception whether the baby will be a boy or a girl: which of his parents he will look like: what blood type he will have. His whole heritage is forever fixed. Look at a human being 8 weeks after conception and you, yes every person here who can tell the difference between a man and a woman, will be able to look at the fetus and tell me whether it is a baby boy or a girl.
No, a fetus is not just another part of a woman’s body like an appendix or appendage. These appendages, these perfectly formed tiny feet belong to a 10 week developed baby, not to his or her mother.
The fetus is distinct and different and has its own heart beat. Do you know that the fetus’ heart started beating just 18 days after a new life was created, beating before the mother even knew she was pregnant? By 3 months of pregnancy the developing baby is just small enough to be held in the palm of a man’s hand but look closely at a picture of a three month old fetus, you will see all his organs are formed and all his systems working.
As you may know, in 1969, the abortion laws were changed in Canada, so that it became legal for a doctor to perform an abortion if a committee of 3 other doctors in an accredited hospital deemed that continuation of the pregnancy constituted a severe threat to the life and health, mental or physical of the women. Threat to health was not defined and so it is variously interpreted to mean very real medical disease to anything that interferes with even social or economic well being, so that any unwanted or unplanned pregnancy thus qualifies.

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