The intentional termination of a pregnancy and the expulsion of a fetus from the uterus.
•40 Million abortions are performedworldwide every year 1•In 2004, 1.2 million of those wereperformed in the US 2•Of those, 17.4 % are performed onwomen under the age of 19, that’s200,000 abortions3
•In Washington DC 37% ofpregnancies end in abortion•In Utah only 6% ofpregnancies end in abortion. 7•Wyoming has the fewestamount of abortions, andCalifornia has the highest. 4
Norma McCorvey is unmarried and pregnant in Texas Texas law prohibited abortions unless medically necessary McCorvey couldn’t afford to leave the state to get an abortion, so she was forced to have the child. The child was put up for adoption McCorvey was part of a class action lawsuit against the Dallas D.A The plaintiffs won,and Texas abortion law was deemed void The results were appealed, but eventually they were upheld in the supreme court4
Abortion is a private decision between a woman and herdoctor5
States may regulate abortion, but only for thepurposesof promoting the health of the pregnantwoman 5
States may prohibit an abortion to protect aviable fetus 5
Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote the Webster decision which allows for doctors to test the viability of the fetus. His decision overruled Roe v. Wade and allows for state regulation of viable fetus’ in the 2nd and 3rd trimester Women can still legally abort a “nonviable” fetus8
1. A pregnant woman must wait 24 hours before an abortion to study informed consent. Informed consent means: Informing the pregnant woman about the risks of the abortion, along with alternatives The gestational age of the fetus The medical risks of carrying the fetus to term6
2. If a woman is a minor, she must have parental consent or a court order to have an abortion3. With a few exceptions, a women must inform her spouse if she is planning to have an abortion4. Health Providers must report all abortions to the health department. 6
In 2003 a law was enacted to prohibit “partial-birth abortions.” “partial-birth abortions” are an incredibly inhumane method of aborting a fetus, in which the doctor punctures the living fetus’ skull and pulls its brains out until it dies.
AMERICANS WORLD WIDE Postpone childbirth Many reasons are the Can’t afford a child same, however gender Relationship problems selection plays a huge role Age in world wide abortions. School or work Chinese people greatly No more kids favor having male children. 7 Fetus’ health Mothers’ health Other reasons7
If the government pays for abortions does that mean that they are condoning the morality of the issue? Would it be cheaper to abort a child than to pay for a lifetime of welfare/medicaid benefits? Should the government be involved in a private matter?
•Parents have no rights•Parents have the right to be notified•Parents preferences need to be considered •Parents have an equal voice •Parents should be the ultimate decision makers.
Should a woman be able tohave multiple abortions?•In 2004, over 48,000women had 3 or moreabortions•And almost 70,000 womenhad 2 abortions
What are a fathers rights? These views aresimilar to a parents rights:•They have no rights•They have the rightto be informed•They have an equalvoice•The fathers shouldbe able to veto/The parents shouldbe able to make thedecision
When is a Fetus “Human”? •Conception? When anis fertilized. Conception? When an egg egg is fertilized. Implantation? When the egg attaches to the •Implantation? When the egg uterine wall attaches to the uterine wall When the heart beats at 4 weeks? •When baby is viable enough When thethe heart beats at 4 to live outside of the womb? weeks? When thethe baby is viable enough •When baby is born? to live outside of the womb? •When the baby is born?