Outstanding Quote From Jane Kaplan author of The Story of Jane who described the women involved: “ We were ordinary women, who working together accomplished something extraordinary. Our action transformed women potential but also changed us by becoming more responsible, grew stronger, and more self assured. In picking up the tools of our own liberation, in our case of medical instruments, we broke a taboo. That act was terrifying, but it also made us felt powerful and wanted other women to fell the same”
History of Abortion in United States Abortion was legal until 1880, but antiabortion legislation band it as a way to control women and confide them to traditional childbearing. Law prohibiting abortion was a great cause for many deaths due to unsafe, illegal abortions. There are no exact numbers but many women were treated due to complications after an illegal unsanitary or self- induces abortion. In 1960’s a network of concerned professionals safer help women find illegal abortions from well trained professionals that put them self in risk of going to jail, fines or loosing their license to practice. Around that time women also organized the Women’s liberation movement to make abortion legal.
In 1973 the US Supreme Court found thatWomen’s decision to terminate a pregnancy isprotected by the fourteen amendment. Still antiabortion activist make the access toabortion difficult and for many years had beenfighting the women right to make the choice. Insurance founding has been a battlegroundsince 1976 when congress passed the HydeAmendment which restricted federal founding tocover an abortion. There are different laws and regulation, targetedregulations are known as TRAP Laws, whichrequires impose burdensome and medicallyunnecessary requirements. Some states alsorequired parental consent which has push manyteenagers to pursue illegal abortions.
Abortion Methods Medication Abortion Consist in two-drugs regimen that ends the pregnancy privately at home within nine weeks of pregnancy with minimal complications Vaccum Aspiration Abortion Also called suction abortion is a surgical procedure. It is the most common method used for first-trimester abortions It is a safe medical procedure as long as is done early in pregnancy.
Abortion Method after The First Trimester Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) Similar to having a vaccum aspiration procedure. There are two ways to prepared for this procedure osmotic dilators and misoprostol same used in medication abortion. Stronger pain medication or sedatives are used during this procedure in addition to anesthesia for the cervix area. Induction Abortion This procedure involves medication that cause the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. This is an alternative procedure when D&E is no longer possible. The experience is similar to labor but may last a shorter time. a night at the hospital is needed due to the extent of medical need in this procedure, such as blood test, ultrasounds, sedatives and epidural anesthesia.
Symptoms to Watch After an AbortionAbortion-related complications are rare butare possible. It is important to look formedical attention then these any or allsymptoms are present. Heavy Bleeding Extreme Pain Fever Continued Symptoms of Pregnancy
Reasons women give forhaving and abortion Having concerns for being responsible for another individual. Inability to afford a child or another child. Interference with their personal life school and/or work. Difficulties with husband or partner Not wanting to be a single parent
Questions of the Chapter Teenagers still have difficulty accessing legal abortions due to the regulation of parental consent. What could be a solution to decrease the risk of illegal abortions in this population? What would be the benefit and the harm of federal founding (Insurance) coverage for abortion?