Abortion And Ethics Essay, Research Paper
What would happen if I were to walk into a crowded restaurant and opened fire on the people inside, killing one? Well, more than likely I would be hauled off to jail and sentenced for murder. If murder is illegal then how come everyday women are continually having abortions? What is the difference between abortion and murder both of them involve taking the life of a living human being. How come the question of abortion is still undecided? If it is illegal to go out and kill someone then it should be illegal to receive an abortion.
Abortion, many women feel that abortions do not take the life of a living human being. Wrong, from the moment of conception that baby is a living, breathing creation of God. Plus most women have abortions during the third trimester of pregnancy. In the third trimester the baby is developing lungs, arms and legs and is starting to develop fingers and toes. So during many abortions the baby is breathing, kicking, and very alive.
There are many ways that abortions are performed. There is the partial-birth abortion, salt poisoning, and the suction or vacuum. However abortions are performed they are cruel and unnecessary. There are many other options besides having an abortion like adoption. There are millions of couples around the world that want so badly to have a child and then there are the millions that are destroying baby?s everyday. The abortion procedures go as followed:
Partial-Birth Abortions- when the baby is partially delivered and then the doctor jam a pair of scissors into the back of the baby?s skull. Then the scissors are removed and a suction tube is placed inside of the baby?s skull. The tube is then turned on and the powerful suction sucks the baby?s brains out. Then the baby is delivered the rest of the way and tossed aside like a rag doll. The partial-birth abortion is the most widely used abortion technique.
Salt Poisoning abortions take place when the mother has a doctor inject into the uterus a saline solution. The solution travels its way down into the baby?s lungs and starts to burn. The salt beings? eating away at the baby?s lungs and basically suffocates the baby. Most babies that are aborted by the salt poisoning method will look like bright red candy apples. This is because the salt burns the layers of baby?s skin making them bright red. The salt poisoning method is the most painful for the baby because it takes up to hours for them to die and then some are born still alive. The last abortion technique is the vacuum.
Vacuum abortions start out with the doctor inserting a power suction tube into the uterus where the baby is. Then the suction is turned on and by the guide of the sonogram picture the doctor starts sucking off limbs of the baby. The baby is fully alive and moving when the suction grabs a hold of the baby?s arms or legs and rips them off. All that is left in the uterus after everything is sucked out is the head. Then the doctor inserts a pair of forceps and crushes the skull of the baby so the suction tube can remove it. The baby is not the only one that suffers; many mothers that have abortions may put themselves at risk of infertility, depression, or even death. Post Abortion Syndrome may cause; if not treated depression and may even make the mother resort to suicide. Infertility may happen if the doctor slips and cuts parts of the uterus or the fallopian tubes. Death happens when the doctor cuts part of the uterus and the fallopian tubes causing internal bleeding.
She was a young mother, single and carrying a second child, struggling to survive on minimum wage and welfare. He was a prominent man that had built himself a career out of performing abortions on women. During a routine abortion their fates collided. Within hours Sharon Hampltlon was dead and Bruce Steir was fighting for his freedom. At the center of the case is Steir who performed about 1,000 abortions each year, mostly at clinics in Sacramento, Chico, Santa Rosa, Redding, and Oakland. A couple of hours after Hamplton?s abortion, as the facility was closing, workers wheeled her to her mother?s car. Doris Hamplton said her daughter appeared groggy. When her son Curtis, then three, asked her if she was okay she responded in barely a whisper. ?She just told him she loved him and then got very quiet.? Doris Hamplton recalled in an interview in her home. ? It was dark then and I though she was sleeping, but when I got her home she wouldn?t wake.? Sharon Hamptlon died of a perforated uterus in the back of her mother?s car on the way home.
Many women jump into having an abortion because it gets rid of the problem quickly. Why should a baby be considered a problem? When we were little girls we dreamed of the day we would be a mommy and today we are having abortions to end that nightmare once a dream. Just as the doctor in the story is fighting to stay out of jail, who now is fighting for that baby?s life that he ended. Nobody, because the baby was forgot about the minute it was disposed of. On the other side of the story some women regret having abortions.
?As I walked into the abortion clinic in Washington, D.C. on April 6th 1988, I was immediately given valium to calm me and probably keep me from backing out on the abortion. My $750.00 was taken from me and I could not get it back. In the waiting room there were at least 20 women. One was eight months pregnant and said she had been waiting for a long time to save enough money for the abortion. At 16 weeks I was convinced that it was just tissue. A sonogram was taken but I was not allowed to review the results. I then was given a psychological evaluation to make sure I was in good mind. Then it was time, I was strapped down to a bed and then they started. I was the most traumatic time in my life. I screamed uncontrollably and the nurses told me shut-up. If I moved my cervix would be destroyed. I could feel pools of warm blood running down my legs. The suction was so powerful it felt like my insides were being ripped out. Then the doctor said hold still we have to get all the parts. Parts? I thought it was just tissue, when I pushed the doctor out of the way I saw my baby boy lying in pieces on the table. They quickly hid the evidence and wheeled me out of the room. The waiting room was full of other women in the fetal position crying.?
This experience of this woman is the experience that most women have. They are tossed around like nothing and the doctors only interested in the money treat them like animals. This woman was convinced by the doctor; just to get her money that her baby was only tissue.
Who am I to criticize? If you were rapped by a person that you did not know and got pregnant should it be your choice to have an abortion? It should always be the women?s choice but it should not be the governments. Abortions should only be legal in times where the mother?s life is in danger. Who knows miracles happen everyday and what once threatened the mothers life may actually turn out to be nothing.
Abortions are not God?s way of aborting a pregnancy that could be harmful to the baby or mother. Miscarriages are the way God stops a pregnancy that shouldn?t happen. Every women should have the choice to do what they want, but I can not side with something that is against everything my family believes in, or my church believes in. I feel abortion is wrong, but that is not what some other women may feel. All that needs to be said is that a women should make her own decision.