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on abortion answered
If you are pregnant and
do not want the baby then there is a lot to consider,
a doctor and counsellors will do their best to advise
you. However, here are a few of the common questions
about abortion answered.
How late in a
pregnancy can an abortion be done?
An abortion should be done as early as possible.
Most abortions are done during the first 12 weeks of
pregnancy because they are safest then. Some-times abortions
are done as late as 20 weeks, but this is very rare.
How safe is an
According to the experts ‘Abortions are very safe.
They are now one of the safest operations of all. And,
the earlier the abortion, the lower the chance of any
If I have an abortion
can I still have children later on?
Yes. Women who have an early abortion are just as likely
as women in general to have a healthy baby in future.
Is an abortion
Local or general anaesthetic are used before an abortion
to control pain. Most women feel cramps (like strong
period cramps) for a short time. If a woman needs it,
the doctor will give her extra medication for the pain.
How do you feel
after an abortion?
In general, women consider abortion because being pregnant
at that time is in some way wrong for them. Most women
feel relief after their abortion and feel that they
have made the right decision for themselves.
According to the
experts ‘Abortions are very safe. They are now
one of the safest operations of all. And, the earlier
the abortion, the lower the chance of any complications.’
Some women feel sad or
emotional afterwards due to the whole experience. You
may need a supportive friend, relative or counsellor
at this time. Researchers have found that an abortion
does not generally make a woman feel bad about herself
Do many teenagers
About 45% of pregnant teenagers choose to have an abortion.
Unfortunately, many other teenagers decide to have an
abortion too late in their pregnancies. Either they
don’t realise they are pregnant or they don’t
know what to do about it. That is why it is important
to see someone if you think you are pregnant as then
you can get all the help you need and as quickly as
Is it wrong to
have an abortion?
Some religions think that abortion is wrong. For example
Roman Catholics. This is because they believe that life
begins at the moment of conception and should be protected
from this time.
However, other people
believe that abortions is a responsible decision, when
a woman cannot handle a pregnancy or is in the situation
to take care of a child properly. It all comes
down to everybody’s personal beliefs and opinions.
Is it legal to
have an abortion?
It is in most countries. For example it is legal in
England, Wales and Scotland but not in Northern Ireland
or the Irish Republic where abortion is illegal. This
is because the Irish religion is Roman Catholic.
What happens if
I live in Ireland?
This is a very difficult question to answer. By law,
Irish women must follow the law and respect their religion
that abortion is illegal in their country. However,
as time has moved on, people realise that we are all
beginning to follow personally chosen religion and beliefs.
International can still help if you do have an unplanned
pregnancy and live in Ireland. There is a centre
based in Dublin which can help you with advice and counselling.
If you do choose to go ahead with the abortion, you
would then have to travel to England for the procedure.
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