Definition of Abortion

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Abortion (noun):
a. Termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or of a fetus that is incapable of survival.
b. Any of various procedures that result in such termination and expulsion. Also called induced abortion.

As stated above, abortion is the termination of a fetus. In other words, the fetus dies, whether by the mother's choice or by accident (such as a miscarriage or stillbirth.) Medically, all terminations of pregnancy not resulting in a live birth are defined as abortions. Each year throughout the world, 45million abortions are performed. Compare this to 128.6 million births per year and you get approximately 35% of fetuses each year that never get a chance to live. When discussing abortion, one aspect to
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So many unborn babies never even got a chance at life. Those children never got to see their parents and family, grow up, to go to school, play sports, make friends, fall in love, get married and have children of their own. Who knows what their lives would have held for them or for the world. Maybe that life which was aborted today would have found a cure for AIDS or Cancer. Maybe they would have been a future president or travel to a distant planet. However, because one selfish woman's actions, we will never know what that person may have done with their life. We all have a right to life and everyone should get a chance to live because you never know what one will do once we give him or her that chance.

Another problem with abortion is that fact that besides killing the unborn child, there are risks for the pregnant woman, including death. One risk is heavy bleeding. Some bleeding after abortion is normal. There is a risk of hemorrhage, especially if the uterine artery is torn. When this happens, a blood transfusion may be required. There is also the risk of perforation of the uterus. There is a risk that the uterus may be punctured or torn by abortion instruments. The risk of this complication increases with the length of the pregnancy. If this occurs, major surgery, including a hysterectomy, may be required. A hysterectomy is surgical removal of part or the entire uterus. Other risks include:
· Infection
· Incomplete Abortion
· Damage to


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