Abortion is really something important to me. Everyone around me is getting pregnant, and their first option is abortion. Teen abortion has been on the rise since 2005. In some cases even death can occur.
“Abortion is one of the 5 leading causes of maternity related deaths. About 33 percent of teen pregnancies end with abortion. Of 861,789 abortions were done in 1999. Over half were done to women under 25” Well if it was on the rise since ‘05 and we in 2012 how many abortions is that a day? Death can occur? I’d rather just have the baby instead of losing my life. You never know.
Abortion death can be caused by various infections, hemorrhage, embolism, entropic pregnancies that are undetected. “Teens who abortion during their first trimester of pregnancy have twice a higher risk of developing breast cancer. With each abortion, a woman has the risk of cervical cancer. Statistics show that the risk increases from the first abortion of 2.3 to 4.92 with the second abortion and increases with each new abortion. So far, there’s so knowledge of what causes cancer”. It’s scary to think that just one abortion can give breast cancer.
“Another major concern of teen pregnancies is cervical lacerations and uterine perforations. 3% of women that get an abortion experience uterine perforations.” Both of these can cause problems during pregnancy later on. “They both can lead to premature birth or inability to conceive. Placenta previa is increased by almost 15% with an abortion. This is threatening to the mother and to the baby during pregnancy”. Pregnancy is really risky. Never being able to have kids because you aborted is sad. When you could put the baby for adoption , and when you’re ready... try again.
“There are many other risks that come with teen abortions such as excessive bleeding, infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, endotoxin shocks, convulsions, fevers, chronic abdominal pain, hemorrhage and gastrointestinal disturbances. Teen abortion is a very serious topic and each teen that gets one increases these health risks”.
Abortion is extremely dangerous. If you think religiously, do you think you get all those things because God punishes you for taking out a baby?
Williams, A. (2010) Teen Abortion Facts. Abortion Can be Very Harmful, [blog] November 20, Available at: www.at-risk.org/blog1015/teen-abortion-facts-abortion-can-be-dangerous [Accessed: February 28 2012 ].
On January 22, 1973 Congress granted the right to an abortion to be between the mother and her physician. Twenty eight years after, abortions are available to women of all ages, including adolescents. About 33% of teen pregnancies end in abortion. 861, 789 abortions were done in 1999 and over half were done to women under 25. Teenagers are 19% of the abortions done or 172, 357 abortions.
I wonder what made Congress make that decision. Young girls shouldn’t do abortion because your body is still growing and maturing. An abortion can just mess up your body in the future.
Teenagers 18 and 19 have the highest demand for abortion services. They alone demand 60%. Teenagers under 15, account for 3.5%. Older teenagers have a higher rate of pregnancy, so they have a higher number of abortions. African-American and Hispanic teenagers have a higher pregnancy, birth and abortion rate. In 2000, the pregnancy rate of a black women was 153, birth rate was 77, and abortion rate was 55. Hispanic women was 138, birth rate was 87, and abortion rate was 30. Non Hispanic white teens had the lowest rates of all three. Pregnancy rate was 55, birth rate was 32, and abortion rate was 15. In 1972, 32.6% of abortions were done were by women in their teens. By 1999, 19.2% of abortions were done by teens.
I think younger girls get abortions because they don’t have supportive parents. I know that no teenager wants to have a kid at a young age, they still experiencing life and getting to see the world. Some Hispanic moms were teen moms themselves. They probably think abortion will give their daughter a better future. But it really doesn’t. I didn’t know that many teens were sexually active.
Teen abortions not only come with health risk, they come with emotional risk as well. Emotion reactions sometimes last 5 to 10 years.
Sudden and uncontrollable crying
Deterioration of self concept
Sleep, appetite, and sexual disturbances
Disruption in interpersonal relationships
Extreme guilt and anxiety
Depression and thoughts of suicide
Teens who choose abortions feel they are not ready for parenting and feel it’s best. “Studies show that teens who aborted, their plans decline if they have a baby. Teen pregnancy links to poverty and single. Children of teens have insufficient health care.”
Lambeau, C. (2005) Teenage Abortion. A Resource For Teachers, [blog] September 21, Available at: www.cedu.niu.edu/~shuman/itt/abortion.pdf [Accessed: 2/28/12].
I’ve read stories about teens who aborted. They all feel depressed and upset of aborting their child. Some girls were as young as 13, and had abortions. Some girls were forced into abortion from their parents, and some from their boyfriends. Not all the girls that had abortions live happy. They feel guilty and upset.
One girl talked about how her boyfriend and her dated for 2 years. Her boyfriend told her to abort because he wasn’t ready and wanted to enjoy his life. He didn’t even take her to get the abortion, his friend did. After the abortion, he tells her she should have kept it.
A kid isn’t a joke. It’s something serious.
Here’s some things the girls have to stay:
“ At first, I did not feel guilt, but trust me, it will find you. Truly weigh your options before you go through with it. Always remember its your decision, don’t let anyone else steal your voice in the situation. Be vocal”
“ I miss my baby and I wish she was here with me. December 06, 2011, the day I can’t forget the day I made that mistake”
“ About 2 weeks later, he dumped me. I regret having an abortion every day of my life! If I could go back I would”
“I made the worst decision of my life. Do what is right for you”
Teen Abortion Issues (2012) Archive For The Teen Abortion Category. [online] Available at: http://teenabortionissues.com/?m=201202 [Accessed: 2/28/12].
There are ways to prevent pregnancy. For example:
- Female Sterilization
- Male and Female Condoms
- Cervical Cap
- Fertilization Tracking
Unknown. (2012) Sex Health. [online] Available at: http://health.syr.edu/education/sex-health.html [Accessed: 3/16/12].