Abortion Essay

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An abortion is defined as the removal of a fetus or embryo from the uterus, resulting in or caused by its death. Abortion is not always intentional such as in the case of spontanious abortion, also known as a miscarriage. (MedlinePlus, 2008) In the first twelve weeks, suction-aspiration (also known as vacuum abortion) is the most common surgical procedure. (Healthwise Medical Writer, 2006) Effective in the first trimester of pregnancy, the percentage of all medical abortions in the United States and Europe rises to 10%. (Spitz, I.M. et al, 1998) Abortion is also sometimes performed by punching or causing other kind of trauma to the abdomen but the degree of force can cause injuries in some cases without succeeding in performing an abortion. Some other methods of unsafe, self-induced abortion include misuse of misoprostol, a drug used to prevent gastric ulcers, and insertion of non-surgical implements such as knitting needles and clothes hangers into the uterus, but these methods are rarely seen in developed countries where surgical and medical abortion is available. (Education for Choice, 2005) Separation of church and state is the political and legal concept that government and religion should be separate, and not interfere in each other's affairs. In the United States, separation of church and state is often identified with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…" is the statement made by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution of which the separation of church and state in the United States is often identified with. (The Civics Glossary, 2007) From the pro-life point of view, which should be noted as majorly Christian and Catholic, people think of the unborn fetus as a life and as such, it shouldn't be destroyed.

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