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Emilie Kay
English 102
Derrick Harriell
3/27/11
When a Women Is Not Ready

“A shocking 49% pregnancies in the United States (inside and outside marriage) are unplanned according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York. What is more shocking is that approximately half of these 49% unplanned pregnancies result in abortion” (Joshi, Neha). Many women who encounter an unplanned pregnancy face the decision between termination and following through with the pregnancy. Unfortunately, many of these women do not realize the risks abortions may have on their bodies physically and psychologically.

Abortion is not a simple procedure but sometimes a graphic procedure that can result in long-term physical and psychological complications. It is hard to write about abortions because there is no easy way to describe how abortionists perform these procedures. Not only is there more than one-way to abort a fetus, there are several risks that follow. I understand that it is every women’s right to have an abortion and there are many reasons as to why she would want one but in my opinion, abortions are risky measures to take because of the effects that abortions have on a woman’s body, mentally and psychologically. Therefore, choosing between an abortion and following through with the pregnancy can easily be narrowed down to deciding between these two options if the risks of abortions are taken into consideration. I came to this conclusion after researching the different abortion procedures; all have appeared to have similar risks. Along with my research, I was finding that abortions were portrayed in such that having complications are rare, so abortions are safe. I still feel that no abortions are truly safe; the risks for complications are still there. Abortionist, Warren Hern states, “"Abortion is a simple procedure except for the uterus' total intolerance to poor technique... In the medical practice, there are few surgical procedures given so little attention and so underrated in its potential hazard as abortion...it is a commonly held view that complications are inevitable" ("What Abortion Workers Say About Abortion"). Women should be aware of these potential risks during and after the procedures and take them into consideration when deciding on what they want to do about an unwanted pregnancy.

First off, the most common method doctors perform is a vacuum aspiration; also know as suction curettage abortion. This procedure can be used as early as three weeks after the beginning of her last menstrual cycle and up until twelve weeks of gestation, the first trimester ("Abortion - Manual Vacuum Aspiration"). This procedure can be performed between five and fifteen minutes in a doctor’s office, clinic, or emergency room. Though it is said that this is done efficiently, and safe, that does not mean that it is going to be painless. It is stressed that within those short five to fifteen minutes women will still experience pain even when they are injected with an anesthetic, which numbs the cervical and uterine area, and are on ibuprofen, though both lessen the sensation of pain, there is still going to be moderate to extreme cramping ("Abortion - Manual Vacuum Aspiration"). Also, there is always the risk that there may be a negative affect an anesthetic may have on a woman such as, a serious allergic reaction. Therefore, the doctor will take precautions and make sure that the women is not on any other medicines or drugs so anesthetics can be adjusted accordingly ("Abortion - Manual Vacuum Aspiration"). I see that taking these measures eliminates some of the risks for this procedure, but there are more risks during the actual process that seem to be more worrisome, and less avoidable. Abortionist, David Toub claims, “Abortion, particularly early suction curettage, gives the impression of not being a very difficult procedure. It's fast, very safe and highly effective. However, impressions can be misleading. Ninety-nine...
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