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Why you shouldn’t Abort
Is Aborting the Right thing to do?
Many are times when girls find themselves with unwanted pregnancies. Usually the first impulse is to abort the pregnancy and continue with their normal lives. However, this may cause major health and psychological complications.
Abortion in this case may be defined as the deliberate termination of human pregnancy, mostly performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. While this may be necessary depending on the circumstances of the pregnancy, it may have numerous disadvantages.
Cons of Abortion
Taking away innocent lives: it is debatable that life starts at the onset of pregnancy. Other people may argue that one is counted a human being the moment he/she is born. However, it is worth noting that a baby could not have been born if it were aborted. One therefore takes away innocent lives by carrying out abortion.
Health risks: other health complications may arise that may cause the mother to never conceive again or even die during the process. Apart from infertility and death, short term symptoms such as bleeding, fever, nausea and vomiting are common.
Psychological trauma: the experience may result in unwanted memories that lead to stress and depression at various levels. This may turn out to be a lifetime worth of burden because of feelings of perpetual guilt and shame. It could also lead to drug and substance abuse and worst case scenario, suicide.
It goes against spiritual beliefs: in most cultures and civilizations, a child is considered as God’s gift. It is conceived with a specific purpose in this world and it is the duty of every parent to take good care of their child before and after it is born. Are you not interfering with the child’s purpose by terminating the pregnancy?
Injustice to non-child bearing couples: there are thousands of couples who cannot conceive and the only option they have is to adopt children. It is therefore possible to have the child and have it adopted instead of killing. Thus, you would bring a valuable life into the society and at the same time make a childless couple extremely happy.
It is illegal in some countries: some countries have legislation that criminalizes abortion unless the health of the mother is at risk. One might therefore be jailed or heavily fined when caught carrying out an abortion.
Effects of abortion:
Effects can be widely classified as emotional and physical.
Physical Effects of Abortion
These include: severe pain, nausea, cramping, sepsis, diarrhea, hemorrhage, infection, pelvic inflammatory disease and uterine, bladder or bowel perforations. These symptoms may result from either chemical abortion or surgical abortion.
Later infant disability: future children born by a woman who underwent abortion may be underweight and have high occurrence of cerebral palsy. This may lead to physical and mental disability of the child.
Future miscarriages: the cervix may fail early due to forced dilation resulting to miscarriages of future fetus. This may occur repeatedly, making it difficult to bear children.
Future prematurity: scientific studies have shown that abortion increases the risk of premature birth. This again may reduce the survival of the child to adulthood.
Future infertility: women having abortions double their chance of sterility.
Interrupts breast development: once abortion is carried out, hormones that were initially produced to enhance breast development cease to be produced. This interrupts the process.
Physical damage: a woman’s reproductive system may be damaged by abortion done surgically. This leads to future reproductive problems. Also, chemicals used may have unknown long term effects on the body.
Emotional Effects of Abortion
Suicidal tendencies: research approximates up to 28% of women who experience post abortion attempted suicide, with half of this attempting suicide up to 3 or 4 times. This rate appears to be highest among teenagers.
Alcohol and drug abuse: studies have shown that abortion increases the rate of alcohol and drug abuse. This in turn leads to violent behavior and other antisocial tendencies. In addition, exposure to sexually transmitted diseases increases, key among them being HIV/AIDS.
Eating disorders: some women may exhibit eating disorders such as anorexia, nervosa and bulimia.
Child neglect or abuse: maternal bonding with future children is reduced because of depression and other antisocial behaviors shown by mothers who have aborted. This may lead to subsequent child abuse.
Post-traumatic stress disorder: this is a psychological dysfunction that causes a person to have feelings of helplessness or loss of control, and results from a traumatic experience. This leads to abnormal behavior and major personality disorders, making the person a social misfit.
Repeat abortions: women who have aborted once are four times more likely to abort as compared to those who have never. This may be because of reduced self-esteem or as acts of self-punishment.
Sexual dysfunctions: some females may experience this and it may include: development of promiscuous lifestyles and an aversion to males, which may be both short term and long term.
Abortion usually seems to be the easy way out, especially if one is a teenager. It is legal in some countries but illegal in others. If one is to make this decision, you should consider all the factors discussed above. Make an informed decision.
But pressure from those around you shouldn't be the reason you abort. "To save the family's image"...."Daddy doesn't want to take responsibility"...."I will no longer have fun with my pals"...those are not reasons. Especially not when a life hangs in the balance.
The debate on whether abortion is right or wrong is a delicate one and would probably never end. You should however make an informed decision after considering all aspects above.