Abortion: How Protect the Embryo?

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Jacey Brosious
November 11, 2012
Period 5
Medical Ethics
Abortion

60% of abortions are performed on single women and half the percentages of women getting the abortions are under the age of 25. The issue with abortion is whether an unborn child should have the same level of rights and protection as any human being, so abortion all comes down to the argument of when life begins. 

The procedures of an abortion start even before the surgery. The first step is a physical examination to see the health of the patient; if she is able to undergo surgery. Next are lab test; a pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy and blood tests to check for any disease or infections of the patient. The last step before the actual procedure is imaging studies; or an ultrasound to check the status of the embryo or fetus. After this is complete, the method of aborting the embryo or fetus is chosen. There are three early abortion options that can effectively and safely terminate a pregnancy. These methods of abortion can be performed during the first trimester of your pregnancy (1-12 weeks). One method includes ‘Vacuum Aspiration’ which include two methods. One is Manual vacuum. This procedure can be used around 5 to 12 weeks after the last menstrual period (early first trimester). It involves the use of a specially designed syringe to apply suction. This method is not available everywhere, but it may be more available than machine aspiration in some geographic areas. Second is Machine vacuum. This procedure is a common method used in the first 5 to 12 weeks (first trimester) of pregnancy. Machine vacuum aspiration involves the use of a hollow tube that is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump, which provides a gentle vacuum. The tube is passed into the uterus, the pump is turned on, and the tissue is gently removed from the uterus. The next method possible is Dilation and Suction Curettage. (D&C) refers to the dilation of the cervix and surgical removal of part of the...
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