Nationally, about one-third of women seeking an abortion are thought to obtain it from a physician, and almost one-quarter are believed to go to a nurse or midwife; nearly half are thought to either use traditional providers who have no formal medical training, take drugs they purchase over the counter or employ other means to induce the abortion themselves.
What will be the future of a world where abortion becomes routine? You need to know! In the last 40 years, the subject of abortion has erupted on the world stage and provoked international controversy—polarizing people, dividing countries and setting churches against states.
Zealous supporters of abortion, calling themselves "pro-choice," debate and demonstrate with passion and zeal, countered by equally zealous opponents of abortion, calling themselves "pro-life.
Battle lines have been drawn. To understand this emotion-charged issue, it is helpful to know why abortion has emerged as such a controversial topic in our time, and to recognize what is ultimately at stake. Even more important is the question: Why has abortion become a controversial issue in many countries of the world today?
For centuries, abortion was scorned or forbidden in many countries around the globe. Yet in the last half of the 20th century, abortion was not merely accepted—it was embraced! With the declining influence of Judeo-Christian values, and the resulting rejection of biblical morality, many turned to permissive sexual behavior, and "reproductive rights" became a rallying cry as women abandoned traditional gender roles and sexually promiscuous men sought pleasure without any regard for the The perception of society on abortion.
Simultaneously, amid fears of global overpopulation, governments began to subsidize—and sometimes even to require, as in China—abortion as a means of "birth control. In Europe, abortion is a far less volatile issue, as only about 10 percent of the population attends church services regularly, compared to nearly half in the U.
A Global Concern In the U. Supreme Court legalized abortion with the Roe v.
Wade decision inapproximately 1. More than six million babies have been killed in Britain since abortion was legalized there in In the former Soviet Union and East Bloc countries, the majority of pregnancies are terminated by abortion. In China, where abortion was legalized inmore than million abortions have occurred in the last four decades.
With the development of ultrasound technology through which parents can learn the gender of a child in the womb has come the phenomenon of "sex-selective" abortions, in which families restricted to one child will kill their unborn daughters so that they can have a boy.
Not surprisingly, observers note that the current generation of young urban Chinese includes noticeably more men than women! In many countries—especially across Africa and Latin America—abortions are routinely done under conditions so unsafe that the mother is at grave risk of complications and suffering, or even death.
Around the world, it is estimated that between 40 and 50 million abortions occur annually see The Abortion Debate, Kulczycki, p.
This means that about one in every four pregnancies are ended by induced abortion—poisoned, dismembered or suctioned out and discarded! After the war, those responsible for this barbaric act of cruelty were tried and convicted of crimes against humanity, and a morally outraged world saw them hanged for their crimes.
Today, however, tens of millions of unborn babies die every year—many in the very same nations that sat in judgment at Nuremburg. It is no wonder that many today call widespread abortion a modern holocaust.
The mass murder of unborn babies, legal and socially acceptable in our modern nations, has exceeded by far the numbers killed in Germany under the Nazis, in Russia under Stalin, in China under Mao Zedong and in Cambodia under Pol Pot—yet few today are shocked or outraged!
In fact, those who speak out against abortion are commonly labeled as backward and right-wing religious fanatics. Clouded by Arguments But how did we reach a point where modern, educated people—with a heritage of Christian values that regard abortion as illegal and immoral—now accept and even demand that abortion be recognized as a legal right?
The answer lies in the arguments used by pro-abortionists, which cloud the real issues at the heart of the controversy. When examined closely, these arguments—though labeled "intellectual" and "progressive"—are revealed as shallow and one-sided, willfully ignoring basic facts of biology.
Pro-abortionists commonly argue that in the early stages of pregnancy a developing embryo is not really a human life, as it is only a "blob of tissue" that looks more like a tadpole than a human being. In fact, however, this differentiating collection of cells is developing in a way that will never result in a tadpole, or a tree or a monkey!
By 10 to 12 weeks, this little individual will have a recognizable human face, arms, hands and fingers, legs, feet and toes. It appears to smile and suck its thumb, and it even responds to sounds!
It is a miniature human being. Just because it does not appear human in the early weeks of development does not make it a "sub-human" creature! Pro-abortionists like to cloud the issue of when life begins. They have argued that life does not begin until movement is felt, or the first breath is drawn, or until the fetus is viable on its own, to justify that abortion before these milestones is not really taking a human life.Personhood begins after a fetus becomes "viable" (able to survive outside the womb) or after birth, not at conception.
  Embryos and fetuses are not independent, self-determining beings, and abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, not a babyA person's age is calculated from birth date, not conception, and fetuses are not counted in the US Census.
Most Muslims agree on certain moral principles. For example, in nearly all countries surveyed, a majority says it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person. Brautigan > The Abortion This node of the American Dust website provides comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's novel The Abortion: An Historical Romance Published in , this was Brautigan's fourth published novel.
Publication and background information is provided, along with reviews, many with full text. Societal attitudes towards abortion have varied throughout different historical periods and cultures.
One manner of assessing such attitudes in the modern era has been to conduct opinion polls to measure levels of public opinion on abortion. In the case of abortion protesters having abortions, it seems like they tend to believe their abortion is a regrettable necessity, whereas the other women in the clinic are baby-murdering sluts.
Women's perceptions about abortion in their communities: perspectives from western Kenya. Abortion outside public health facilities was mentioned frequently. Because of the need for secrecy to avoid condemnation, uncertainty about the law, and perceived higher cost of safer abortion methods, women sought unsafe abortions from .