Abortion


Introduction

From 1973 to 1987, over 22 million abortions have been
performed. Pro-lifers would call that a terrible waste of human
life. True, 22 million lives were taken, but I believe that we
are better off without those. Please let me explain in the
following report.

What is abortion?

Webster's dictionary defines abortion as "the expulsion of a
nonviable fetus." Abortion might possibly be the most
controversial topic right now. I'm sure by now that you've heard
of all the different types of abortion. Almost all abortions
performed in the US are surgical abortions, where the fetus is
removed by suction or other means. (Medication offers another
option, to be discussed later in this report.) During a suction
abortion, the fetus is dismembered and disposed of by a small
tube. This process takes but about 10 minutes, and the mother
experiences very little or no physical discomfort. Pro-lifers
immediately say that emotional trauma and guilt haunts every
woman after she has an abortion. However, during my research, I
found numerous women who led (and continue to lead) prominent and
scot-free lives after their abortions. I think that the mental
state of the mother depends very much on her personal feelings
toward abortion, and the actual experience the had before and
during the abortion.

Pro-life propaganda

In my study of pro-lifers, I have found that most of the
time, they employ the use of a few strategies for making their
views known. One tactic pro-lifers use to convince people of
their views is to play on fear and emotions. Their graphic
descriptions and gruesome pictures are a crude attempt to "scare"
people out of abortion, while their pious talk and sobbing try to
make us feel sorry for them and the unborn. Another popular
strategy of pro-lifers is to protest things like "Life begins at
conception! The fetus is human!" Science has proven these facts,
and pro-choicers are by no means trying to deny them. However,
pro-choicers feel that the rights of the parents (namely the
mother) override the rights of the unborn child. Neither of
these tactics work on pro-choicers like myself. True, pro-lifers
are entitled to voicing their opinion (just as I am), but I feel
that some of their methods (as illustrated in the next section)
are very unorthodox.

Pro-life?

Some pro-lifers don't seem to be for "the preservation of
human life." The tables on page 7 clearly illustrate how often
pro-lifers contradict their "pro-life" ideals by resorting to
violent and disruptive acts to try to force their views on
people.

New legislature controls irate pro-lifers

A new bill was introduced in April 1994. The Freedom of
Access to Clinic Entrances Act (aka FACE or FACEA) protects women
seeking abortion, and the facilities performing them.
Specifically, FACE protects reproductive health service staff and
patients from violent threats, assault, vandalism, and blockades.
FACE was signed by President Clinton on May 26, 1994, but angry
pro-lifers still violate this law. The consequences for a first-
time offender cannot exceed one year in prison and/or a $100,000
fine. Repeat offenders face a maximum 3 year prison sentence
and/or a $250,000 fine. If any injury is incurred, the sentence
jumps to 10 years. If death results from the offense, the maximum
sentence is life imprisonment.
I think it is about time for FACEA. Pro-lifers have gone far
enough with their "demonstrations" in front of clinics
nationwide. Many news clips have shown pro-lifers throwing things
at women as they walk into a clinic. In one extreme case, an off-
duty police officer (acting as a bodyguard) and the husband of a
woman seeking an abortion were shot at by pro-lifers. The police
officer died_the husband was severely wounded. Even though FACEA
will not put a stop to the violence toward abortionists and
clients, I think it will definately decrease it.
RU486 and "M&Ms"
Different medications are offering a safe and private
alternative to clinic abortions. RU486 is an abortion inducing
pill that allows women to have non-invasive, safer and easier
abortions in the privacy of their own homes. This option also
eliminates any contact with livid pro-lifers and their
antagonistic methods. RU486 also offers great medical promise in
the research and possible cures/treatments of breast cancer,
endometriosis, prostrate and brain cancer. Right now, pro-lifers
are preventing RU486 from being used in the US. However, it is
currently on the market in a number of countries, and is being
used with great success.
The "M&M" abortion is named after the two drugs used to
induce it: mifepristone and misoprostol. This process is based on
the same theory as RU486, and has been thoroughly tested at
Planned Parenthood, Inc. in Omaha, NB. Mifepristone is
administered to disable the pregnancy hormones and break