Ever since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, Abortion haschanged its course in society. With the new decision made by the United States, abortionwas now legal. Many abortions were performed before the Supreme Court decision, butthe settlement made it less risky for the doctors involved. Abortion has caused society tobe divided by a pro-choice group and pro-life group. Two groups with struggles that willnever end.
There are many different types of abortions that can be preformed. The type useddepends on how far along in the pregnancy the woman is. In the very early stage of thepregnancy, up to 49 days after conception, the woman has two choices. The first is totake a combination of drugs.
This is called a medical abortion. The embryo is then passedout. The other method is to use a syringe, and gently suck the embryo out. The next type can be preformed six to fourteen weeks after conception.
Themethod the doctors use is to insert a tube in the vagina, and then hook it up to a suctionmachine. The fetus is then removed. This procedure takes about ten minutes. The second trimester abortions are called D&E, which stands for dilation andevacuation.
These are preformed up to the twenty-fifth week of pregnancy, and usuallytake ten to twenty minutes. The way they are preformed is the woman is given absorbentdilators which open up the cervix and absorb the fluids. After this is left in overnight thewoman then is ready for the evacuation stage. The fetus is easily removed withinstruments and suction.
In the last trimester of the pregnancy abortions are preformed mainly if thewoman’s life is in danger or the fetus is severely deformed. Only one out of everyten-thousand abortions are preformed this way. The main way that is used is by injectinga salt solution into the vagina, causing contractions. The baby is then born stillbirth. The other way is called a partial-birth abortion.
Here the woman’s cervix is dilatedand the fetus is removed half-way feet first. The surgeon then jabs a sharp object in theback of the fetus’ head and the brains are extracted with suction. This allows the fetus tobe removed more easily. With all of these methods many United States citizens have come up with theirown morals and ethics about abortion. Today there are two main sides; pro-choice andpro-life. These two groups have been debating over the issues of abortion for many yearsnow and all have strong feelings about it.
The pro-choice group believes that the choice of having an abortion should be leftup to the woman. This issue goes back to even to the bible. When people say thatabortion is a sin to God, there is proof in Genesis 2:7, ?And the Lord God formed manfrom the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the manbecame a living soul. ? This point shows that first God formed the body, and not until hebreathed into it did it come alive.