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Abortion in Terms of Politics

Updated on March 11, 2008


Abortion is a highly debated concept with high school teenagers, middle aged business men, and the elderly.

I remember on a school field trip, I overheard a group of teenage boys debating abortion. For the most part, even 16 and 17 year old boys were against abortion and pro- life. But, it's not the 16 year old boy's decision as to whether or not it's legal or illegal and to what term is legal.

Abortion is a highly debated topic with politicians and the Senate. Some are pro life and some are pro choice.

Abortion Rights

Abortion is a touchy subject because it's a moral, legal, and religious debate, as some believe that no matter what age or term, a fetus is still a human. Others believe that a fetus is not human, so to speak, until after 12 weeks (give or take).

Before you make your personal decision, you should understand the different methods that induced abortion include.

  • For the first 12 weeks, the fetus is basically sucked through a syringe, which is called vacuum abortion.
  • Between the 15th and 26th week dilation and evacuation is the most common method in which the cervix is opened and the uterus is emptied via surgical instruments.
  • Dilation and curettage is another common method; basically, the walls of the uterus is cleaned and cut.
  • After the 16th week, abortions are induced by intact dilation and extraction, in which the fetus's head is decompressed before evacuated from the female's body.
  • Between the 20th and 23rd weeks, doctors put an injection in the fetus's heart to stop it and ensure that the baby is still born.

Politics and Congress are the men and women who are those in charge of determining whether or not abortion is legal or illegal and at which term of the pregnancy.

2008 Presidential Candidates

Hillary Clinton (democrat): She says that abortion rights are protected by the Constitution, but that abortion rates can be minimized by furthering sex education. Clinton is opposed to upholding the ban on late- term abortions.

Mike Gravel (democrat): He supports abortion rights and has criticized the Supreme Court decision to uphold partial- birth abortions.

Alan Keyes: The center of his campaign, Keyes opposes abortion rights.

John McCain (republican): He supports banning abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when there's a threat to the mother.

Barack Obama (democrat): Obama supports abortion and voted against the ban for late- term abortions.

Ron Paul: He opposes abortion and believes that even the smallest fetus is still a human being.


In my opinion there is no need for abortion unless the mother is at danger. Yes, rape and incest is a whole separate story, but in a way I find that if the mother actively participated in incest and then decides she doesn't want the baby, there's always adoption. Rape- I'm still undecided as to my opinions.

But in any other occasion, if a teenager gets pregnant, and decides she cannot support a baby at 14, then consider adoption. She was actively 1 of 2 people participating, so she should make the responsible decision.

I know in my state, if you wait until the third trimester, you have to go to Atlanta to have the abortion. Personally, if you wait until the third trimester, you might as well have the baby and put it up for adoption.

There are so many families that want children and cannot conceive.

Plus, think about the health concerns that the female must undergo during and after an abortion. It's not all physical. The mental concerns, I believe, would be much worse that any physical concern.

Do you have an opinion? Keep it PG. The comments will be manually approved, so don't worry if you don't see your comment when you initially submit.


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      aj 8 years ago

      hey you came out from a womb, that's where it's coming out from... think if your mother did an abortion on you, you wouldn't even be here. alright if you don't want to have a baby, why would you hit without safety measures, you're well educated to know what's goning to happen next...

      however if it could cause you death.....aborted...

      if raped, why not keep it or send to a foster home?

      I'm Pro-Life........ i mean we all passed the fetus stage to come to who we are....

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      Katie 8 years ago

      All I'd like to say is this: If you're a girl, and you were having sex at the age of 14, you got lucky by not getting pregnant. You talk a lot about responsibility, but you don't know the first thing about being put in that situation. You think you would be able to carry a child for 9 months, then watch it grow up WITHOUT a family because the adoption system in America is ridiculous, but it's a lot harder than you think. I'd be careful to judge a girl who has had an abortion, and I would never call her names like "irresponisble" or determine that she doesn't want to deal with the consequences. You've never been in her shoes. PRO-CHOICE, you conservatives.

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      Tay 8 years ago

      "ABORTION STOPS A BEATING HEART."Did you just comment to push your opinion out? Because it sounds like you did not even read the hub. Also, I think of myself as pro-choice, but I also do not necessarily agree with abortion. But women should have the FREEDOM to choose whether they would like to have an abortion. Anyone should also be able to have access to contraceptives and information regarding safe sex. If I lived in the US, I would be appalled to know millions of dollars went into abstinence programs. The public needs to be educated about how to have safe sex before they can consider abortion. The public also needs access to resources to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      First, many pro-choice people do not agree with abortion, but they do agree with the right to choose. Personally, I believe we should all be educated about our choices. The pro-life movement doesn't only try to ban abortions, but also tries to ban contraceptives (which prevent many unplanned pregnancies, which leads to the abortion dilemma). I'm not saying that everyone who claims to be pro-life believes in this, but out of the pro-life organizations, I've only found one that does not take a stand against the issue of contraceptives.

      Second, the term "partial-birth abortion" is a made-up term. The medical term is "late-term abortion". Less than two-tenths of 1% of all abortions use this procedure. There aren't women out there who "choose" at eight months to abort their pregnancies. Have you ever met a woman whose pregnancy ended in her eighth month who did not have a tragic story (generally about a much wanted but unviable pregnancy)? No matter what you call it, there are not doctors (other than ruthless, immoral butchers) out there freely providing this procedure, nor are women "choosing" this.

      Just some thoughts. It takes a lot of bravery to right on a topic like this. You might, however, find you agree with a lot more pro-choice beliefs and issues than pro-life ones.

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      Shawn Meldrum 9 years ago

      I find it interesting the people use the term pro-choice when, in cases other then rape or incest, they already had and made their choice. Their choice was to participate in activities that could lead to pregnancy. What they really seem to want is freedom from the consequences of the choice they have already made.

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      moonlake 9 years ago from America

      I think this is a brave hub. Very few people will say their against abortion. Baby needs a chance to life. ABORTION STOPS A BEATING HEART.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Amy. Abortion is bad for the mother yes. Not just the ethical perception with the fetus. It can leave the mother with physical and mental health concerns afterwards.

      I do agree with the freedom of choice, but the fetus was given a choice. It didn't decide to just start growing one day. It took 2 people, or 1 depending on the case, in regards to the prior activity that creates a fetus. I think that in any case when the mother doesn't want the child give it up for adoption. Give the baby a chance and make a family happy.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Whitney, this is a brave hub and i admire you for stating your opinion. I agree completely with you. I will not vote for a politician who seeks to expand abortion and i think it is absolutely wrong for my tax dollars to support organizations like Planned Parenthood.

      I think some women are greatly hurt by abortion, because they choose to abort a pregnancy because they feel they have no options.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      You are correct in that half those people are no longer running, but I felt the need to include them all because it was interesting to see the difference of opinions, although slight, there was still a difference.

      And, yes I have heard of freedom of choice, but I still disagree with abortion. If a woman opts for it, that's there thing. I just don't agree with it. Freedom of choice. I choose not to like abortion, and I choose to be pro life.

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      freedom 9 years ago

      have you heard about freedom of choice!? Maybe you should learn about it more. By the way....half of those people are not running anymore, so update needed on your part!