DEFINITION<br /> An abortion is the ending of pregnancy before birth which results in the death of an embryo or a foetus.<br />
TYPES OF ABORTION<br />A miscarriage. <br /><ul><li>also known as spontaneous abortion.
A miscarriage happens naturally.</li></ul>An induced abortion. <br /><ul><li>usually called termination of pregnancy.
an induced abortion is deliberate.</li></li></ul><li>An induced abortion<br />
LEGAL ABORTION<br /><ul><li>The 1967 Abortion Act makes abortion legal if the pregnancy is less than 24 weeks and two doctors agree that the abortion can be carried out.
After 24 weeks an abortion can only take place if the woman's life is in danger or if there is a high risk that the baby would be seriously handicapped.</li></li></ul><li>WAYS OF ABORTION CARRIED OUT.<br />Medical abortion:<br /><ul><li>Can be used if an abortion is carried out in the first 9 weeks of pregnancy.
Result: The woman will experience symptoms rather like a heavy and painful period.</li></li></ul><li>WAYS OF ABORTION CARRIED OUT.<br />2) vacuum aspiration (sucking method).<br /><ul><li>Abortions before 13 weeks.
Suction is applied to remove the contents of the uterus and the pregnancy is terminated.
Result: will not involve any stitches and so there is no wound. Most healthy women can go home the same day.</li></li></ul><li>ABORTION CONTROVERSY.<br />
Side effects of abortion<br /><ul><li>The side effects of abortion are serious and most commonly long lasting.</li></ul>Physiological Effects of Abortion.<br /><ul><li> Miscarriages
There is a staggering amount of miscarriages that result because of previous abortions.
Early studies on the physical complications of abortion were once thought to be scare tactics, but because of recent studies, there has been a discovery of real danger to the future reproductive systems of women.
Relatively a 3 to 4 fold increase in the chance on miscarriage among women who have had an abortion, as those who have not had an abortion.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Infertility/Ectopic Pregnancies </li></ul>(in an ectopic pregnancy, the baby starts to develop outside the mother’s worm.)<br />- Because an abortion is a surgery there is a risk of damaging the nearby organs (i.e. Ovaries), but due to the nature of this part of the body there can be serious consequences to the reproductive future of women.<br /><ul><li>In these types of pregnancies the baby grows in the fallopian tubes, causing serious risk to the mother, and an almost certain death to the baby.
Women who have their first pregnancy terminated have five times the chance of having ectopic pregnancies. (Gentles 1990, 77)
Infertility is also a possible complication of a previous abortion. A woman writes, "After the abortion, I tried to make up for the abortion by trying to get pregnant again. I wanted my baby back. I never got pregnant again." (Michelle C. 1996, 12) There has been proven to be an increase in complications because of abortions</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Breast cancer
If a woman has a family history of breast cancer, she increases her risk of developing this disease by going through with an abortion.
When an abortion cuts short a pregnancy, women's breast tissue is left in a dangerously stimulated but undifferentiated state, increasing the risk of later cancerous development.
according to studies done by Dr. Janet Daling there is reported fifty percent increase of breast cancer among women under forty five who had induced abortions.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>A woman puts herself in danger of mental distress due to the severity of her decision.</li></ul>- many women face mental challenges of depression and regret. Though the statistics are low of women who experience these complications, they can be deadly without any notice.<br /><ul><li> Others feelings are they will fell:
anxiety</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Woman may experience chemical reactions due to the way in which the procedure was performed as well as the body unique reaction, which may be due to other medical problems that are known or unknown.
The side effects of abortion may be life threatening including cancer, heart disease, and death during surgery.
Complications include uterine hemorrhage, uterine perforation, endometriosis,pelvicinflammatory disease, coexistent ectopic pregnancy, asherman syndrome, and delayed sequelae
Likewise, a woman may develop irritating symptoms that go untreated such as loss of appetite and fatigue which really are key in diagnosing insulin problems and general immunity dysfunction.
May even affect the social life of a woman who succeeds in this procedure. Friends and family may disapprove of this action and can cause family problems or guilt may overcome the woman causing withdrawal from social activities. </li></li></ul><li>