Seems that the topic of abortions are always a heated debate. Many people think it’s just flat out wrong, a lot of people think since it’s the woman’s body… it should be their choice, then you have people who think the men should a say so in the matter as a father.
I wanted to give you guys a few facts about abortions then let’s blog & debate about it.
While women of every social class seek terminations, the typical woman who ends her pregnancy is either young, white, unmarried, poor, or over the age of 40.
In the United States and worldwide, abortion (known also as elective termination of pregnancy) remains common.
The US Supreme Court legalized abortion in the well-known Roe v Wade decision in 1973; currently, there are about 1.2 million abortions are performed each year in the United States.
Worldwide, some 20-30 million legal abortions are performed each year, with another 10-20 million abortions performed illegally. Illegal abortions are unsafe and account for 13% of all deaths of women because of serious complications. Death from abortion is almost unknown in the United States or in other countries where abortion is legally available.
In spite of the introduction of newer, more effective, and more widely available birth control methods, more than half of the 6 million pregnancies occurring each year in the United States are considered unplanned by the women who are pregnant. Of these unplanned pregnancies, about half end in abortion.
Making abortion legal
Since the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal, hundreds of federal and state laws have been proposed or passed. Abortion is one of the most visible, controversial, and legally active areas in the field of medicine. These laws address a variety of controversial questions including:
The issue of parental notification. A number of state laws do require that some minors notify parents before obtaining an abortion, but what provisions are necessary to protect young women who feel they cannot notify their parents?
Should spouses be notified before a woman has an abortion?
Has the pregnancy progressed far enough that the fetus could live on its own before termination (termed viability)?
Should there be mandatory waiting periods before an abortion can take place?
What might be mandatory wording for counseling sessions or consent forms?
Should public funds be used for abortions?
What regulations if any should apply to abortion providers?
What provisions might be made against specific abortion techniques?
Should emergency contraception be allowed?
Should the rules be different in cases of sexual assault and rape?