Teenage Abortion

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Teenage Women, Abortion and Law
Abortion has always been a very controversial issue. This can be due to the fact that people have different beliefs that are emphasized by their own religion and set of moral values. Many people believe that abortion is wrong, but they believe that is it only wrong under certain circumstances. This could be true, but is it more right to kill for a specific reason than to just do it because you made an irresponsible decision? Because of the wide spectrum of religion and various moral beliefs, there will never be a right or wrong answer to abortion.
Fact: Each year, one million American teenagers become pregnant, and 85% of these pregnancies are unintended.
Four in every five Americans begin having
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In doing so, they risk serious injury and death, or in some cases, criminal charges.
Fact: Restrictive laws endanger teens' health by inhibiting them from seeking safe medical care early in pregnancy.
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Doctors recommend that when a woman becomes pregnant - whether she plans to give birth or have an abortion - she seek medical care immediately. In the case of abortion, her risk is lowest if she seeks care in the early weeks of pregnancy. Although the risk of complication is not as high as that of childbirth, it does rise with every week of pregnancy beyond eight weeks.
By placing roadblocks in teenagers' paths, restrictive laws have the effect of creating further delays among women who already have difficulty seeking prompt care. When teens know that health care providers are forced by law to tell their parents before providing services, they are less willing to get health care related to sexual activity.
Fact: Judicial bypass presents a dreadful obstacle to those who need it most.
Going to court is usually intimidating to even the most sophisticated adults, who generally have an attorney to represent them. For a pregnant teen to use judicial bypass, she must not only find a judge, she must work her way through a confusing legal system and face intense, sometimes judgemental, and often traumatic questioning by strangers.
Indeed, the poorest, youngest, least experienced teenagers are least able to


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