Thursday, December 22, 2005

Question : Should we legalise abortion??

From my point of view, we should legalise abortion as it is necessary for the safety of women.

Health
History shows that making abortion legal generally leads to significant reductions in injuries and deaths caused to women by abortion.

The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately one-third of maternal deaths are due to complications arising from illegally induced abortions. Each year an estimated 20 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide, 95% of these are performed in low-income countries.

Before abortion was permitted in countries like the UK and USA, women still had abortions, but because abortion was a crime, they were carried out in secrecy, and very often by people with no, or inadequate, medical training. And even when carried out by doctors, they were rarely done with hospital back-up.

The result of this was that many women died, or suffered permanent physical damage as a result of botched abortions. Because there was no counselling, even women whose bodies were unscathed, suffered grief and guilt, and the stigma of having an abortion often prevented them from seeking comfort from their family or friends.

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