Sample Healthcare Paper on Abortion

Abortion refers to the termination of a pregnancy through the removal of the embryo before it is capable of surviving outside the uterus (Jatlaoui et al., 2018). Abortion can also be referred to as an induced miscarriage. Abortion is illegal in most countries since, in most states, everybody has the right to life, and life starts at conception.  However, abortion is typically legalized by doctors if the healthy birth of a child threatens the life of the mother. There are two significant types of abortion that is the elective and therapeutic abortion.  Therapeutic abortion refers to an abortion that is conducted on a woman to prevent the harm of the woman’s mental and physical health. Elective abortion is voluntary abortion that a woman conducts for non-medical reasons.  Unsafe abortions may cause the death of the mother of the child.

Spontaneous is another form of abortion; however, it unintentionally occurs and is classified as spontaneous if the foetus or embryo is expelled before the 24th week of pregnancy.  There are various abortion methods, including medical, surgical, labour induction abortion, and traditional techniques.  Medical involves abortion that is induced by pharmaceuticals. The surgical method involves removing the placenta, embryo, foetus, and membranes through suction using a manual syringe (Linet, 2016).  Labour induction abortion involves the induced demise of the foetus, which is first preceded by the induction of labour. The labour induction method is also known as an induced miscarriage. Finally, the traditional method involves the use of herbs to cause abortion.

Various reasons inspire women to abort. The reasons for abortion include: lack of child support, willingness to complete education first, unwillingness to raise a child resulting from rape or incest, and the mother feeling too young to raise a child (Martin, Hassinger, Debbink & Harris, 2017). Stigmatization, disapproval of single parenting, and preference of children of specific gender are other reasons for abortion.


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Linet, T. (2016). Surgical methods of abortion. Journal de gynecologie, obstetrique et biologie de la reproduction45(10), 1515-1535.

Martin, L. A., Hassinger, J. A., Debbink, M., & Harris, L. H. (2017). Dangertalk: Voices of abortion providers. Social Science & Medicine184, 75-83.