Teenage Abortion

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Teenage Abortion

The subject of teenage abortion, is an emotionally charged one. The two major groups are
completely opposite in their beliefs. Rather then discuss the emotional views of those
groups, I have chosen to research, write, and conclude based on factual material,
concerning teenage abortion. A discussion of abortion as a definition is explained
medically, and in a small part the emotional effects on the participant. I have chosen to
report in a factual not an emotional manner. The direct definition of abortion is the
termination of a pregnancy by loss or destruction of the fetus before birth. ("Abortion")
There are two types of abortion, spontaneous and induced. (Emmens 7) Spontaneous abortion
occurs in the first trimester (first three months) of a pregnancy. (Emmens 7) This type of
abortion is more commonly known as a miscarriage. (Emmens 7) "Miscarriages are usually
attributed to an abnormality to the fetus." (Emmens, 7) Induced is the other type of
abortion, the one creating a wide spread controversy throughout the United States and many
other parts of the world. (Emmens, 7) Induced abortion is a procedure intended to
terminate a suspected or known unwanted pregnancy. ("Abortion") The fetus is forced out of
the uterus causing it to die. (Emmens, 7) There are only a few different ways that an
induced abortion is performed. The most common technique is known as vacuum aspiration.
("Abortion") During the procedure the embryo or the fetus and the placenta is drawn into a
tube by vacuum pressure. ("Abortion") Vacuum aspiration along with the other methods of
abortion, are usually performed in the first trimester. ("Abortion") The procedure for
second trimester abortion is a more risky and complicated procedure. ("Abortion") Thirty
six percent of all teenage women who become pregnant choose to terminate their pregnancies
by having abortions. (Meier,49) There are many reasons why teenagers decide that abortion
is the best option for their own specific situations. "Some say they aren't ready for the
kind of changes a baby would bring to their lives." (Meier,46) The top three reasons,
teens and grown women alike, choose to have an abortion are: 1. A child would change the
lives of all involved, drastically, in ways that many are not ready to handle. 2. A
feeling of immaturity. 3. Financial problems, only to be made worse if a youngster was
involved.(Planned) Along with not being able to afford the price of raising a heir, the
medical bills that come from bringing a baby into the world are also quite substantial.
Although abortion is rather costly procedure, it is far less then the long-term price of
supporting a child. Most teenagers are just not old enough, mentally or physically, to
take care of and maintain a genuine home for a growing child. (Meier,46) For many teens,
having an abortion is a way to get on with their lives. A chance to forget the past and
create a pathway to the future. (Karlse,44) The entire concept of abortion may cause an
abundance of internal conflict but, for an adolescent this procedure may very well be the
best alternative. For a countless number of pregnant teenagers, the notion of having an
abortion is not brought on by themselves. Although the decision is a difficult one on its
own parents and boyfriends, most likely, will not help to make the process any easier.
(Meier,46) The pressure from others put on pregnant adolescents could force them into
making serious decisions of having abortions, with little or no thought what so ever.
Abortions might also be chosen to hide the pregnancy from the people who care most. The
procedure, in many cases, is completed before either parent of the girl is informed.
(Meier,46) Having an abortion is a common procedure in this day and age however, some
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