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The Issues Surrounding Reproductive Health Choices

Updated on September 2, 2012

The Issues Surrounding Reproductive Health Choices

Reproductive health is the health pertaining to the overall reproductive system and the questions surrounding choices such as reproductive choice is usually heard. Choices on reproductive health is mostly debated upon in some societies. Women who die due to their reproductive health choices and its complications is the leading cause of death in mostly developing countries. There are many issues surrounding reproductive health choices, some of which are: Do women have the sole responsibility of their body? How can the state help so that problems arising to abortions will be solved? Is it the responsibility of the state to provide these services to women? Should the state makes it an illegal activity? Are there justifications for abortions?

Why do we need to prevent "abortions", because many women die of unsupervised "abortion" which cause complications leading to death.

There are two types of abortion spontaneous and induced, spontaneous is the termination of a fetus without any deliberate effort to end a pregnancy while induced abortion is the opposite of that. I am going to discuss about the latter, induced abortion and how it could be avoided in the first place.

In some parts of the world and other states in the United States abortion is illegal, and according to the United Nations Millennium Development Goal, maternal mortality rate (MMR) due to abortion should be reduced in the next ten years. Usually countries who are poorer have high deaths due to abortion than countries which are more developed.

Now the question, should the state provide abortion? The state usually provides abortion services because they say that women do it anyway, why not make it safer for them?

Usually when women in poorer countries resort to unsafe abortion, they do activities such as jumping in a high place, going to an untrained and unlicensed provider, by use of a catheter, drinking concoctions etc. Some doctors which are licensed could be practicing illegal abortions too.

Are there justifications for abortion? I don’t think there are justifications for abortion except when the mothers life is in danger. Reasons cited for abortions are: pregnancy is out of rape, due to incest, health of the mother, father unknown and financial reasons.

Tips to avoid having to decide upon your reproductive health choices :

  1. Plan on how many children you are going to have, Taking into consideration emotional, financial and physical capability of both parents
  2. Plan on when you are going to have that child
  3. Take contraception if you don’t want to get pregnant to avoid risk specially during abortion complications
  4. Empower women so that they will have a say whether their partner will have contraception if they cant use one
  5. Educate women so that they have self confidence and have more power to decide for themselves
  6. Inculcate the value of life to the youth most specially at home. Set a good example for your children
  7. Sexuality and education must be inculcated into the curriculum so that as young as they are, they already know the mechanics of the reproductive system and their importance.

Try to answer the question below (Reasons for providing women with reproductive health choices)

Would you approve of letting women have reproductive health choices if:

  1. The mothers life is in danger Y N
  2. If pregnancy is due to incest Y N
  3. If pregnancy is due to rape Y N
  4. Financial reasons Y N
  5. Father is unknown Y N
  6. Child will be born with defect? Y N
  7. Many children already Y N


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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      Hi bossdawg, I am glad you also agree with me and we are on the same wavelength, thanks for the read, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      Thanks Dolores, thats is sad abortion should be avoided at all cost, Thank you very much, Maita

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Although I detest the idea of abortion, I remember a story told by my dear old uncle. His boss had a beautiful young daughter who came to visit the office and was kind and friendly to everyone. She was the office pet. This was a long time ago, maybe in the 1930's. She had a 'back alley' abortion and died. Her death devastated a lot of people. That sad end convinced my uncle (the sweetest person I ever met) that abortion should be legal.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      YHi, You are definitely right in your comments, and I also agree with you that abortion should be allowed only if the mothers life is in danger,

      thanks stricklydating for reading this hub, you have a good day always! Maita

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      StricktlyDating 8 years ago from Australia

      1.The mothers life is in danger Y

      2.If pregnancy is due to incest N

      3.If pregnancy is due to rape N

      4.Financial reasons N

      5.Father is unknown N

      6.Child will be born with defect? N

      7.Many children already N

      I know these are difficult situations, but your child is still a child even though she or he has not been born yet. I only agree with abortion if the mothers life is in danger. I also think in countries where it is legal there should be a register kept so that women aren't allowed multiple abortions

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi ms. helen, you are definitely right there, there are 400,000 detahs of mothers due to abortion in the Philippines alone, and abortion is illegal, the government is blind regarding this matter! thanks for dropping by.

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      I think when a mothers life is in danger, it must be considered and I have so much sympathy for victims of rape, and incest. It is such a tough option for women, but here in the UK abortion is given freely and I can't help but think it is getting too much. More care in teaching contraception, as this must be looked into. If I had a girl she would have one of those implants until she decided she wanted children. Is this not a good way of prevention. Human rights would never allow this no doubt.