An abortion is the procedure to end a pregnancy. Throughout history abortion has been a heated debate which has gone under many laws. For example in the 18th-19th centuries doctors and clerics successfully put a ban on abortion. Then in the 20th century woman’s rights groups repealed the ban, and today we still don’t know what to think about abortion, whether it is killing the baby or not.

The 2 most debated topics of abortion are if it kills pre-mature babies and if the woman has the right to chose to keep the baby or abort it. Many religions, while they were in control, made laws about abortion. For example, in 1869, Pope Pius XI declared that abortion was an immortal sin. In the Jewish law it says that “a baby becomes a full-fledged human being when the head emerges from the womb. Before then, the fetus is considered ‘partial life.’” Pro-life is a valid point because you are taking the life of another, but on the pro-choice side the embryo is totally dependant on the woman. Another debate is whether the government has the right to decide if the woman should have the abortion or not.


There are many complications that can come with abortion like breast cancer, laceration of the cervix, hepatitis. There are risks involving future miscarriages. There is evidence that in 15 to 17 year old women, pregnancy may even be physically healthier than in women of older ages. Studies reveal that younger women find abortion more painful than older women.
Heavy Bleeding- After an abortion, if the cervix is torn or the uterus is punctured, there is a risk of severe bleeding, known as hemorrhaging. If this happens, a blood transfusion may be required.
Infection- Infection may occur from the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus, or from fetal parts that are mistakenly left inside (incomplete abortion).
Sepsis- A number of RU486 or mifepristone users have died from sepsis, which is a full body infection.

Quick Facts

  • There are approximately 46 million abortions per year and 126,00 a day worldwide.
  • In the U.S. in 1996 there were 1.37 million abortions.
  • 52% of women obtaining abortions are younger than 25: women aged 20-24 obtain 24% of all abortions; teenagers obtain 20% of all abortions and girls under the age of 15 are 1.2%.
  • 64.4% of all abortions are performed on never-married women; Married women account for 18.4% of all abortions and divorced women obtain 9.4%. 1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).
  • An estimated 43% of all women will have at least 1 abortion by the age of 45; 47% of all abortions are performed on women with at least 1 previous abortion.Age_Huge_Good.jpg
This graph shows the number of abortions done by Age. The Highest number is by women over 25. Shockingly women are getting abortions even at age 15.

This graph show the number of abortions done by religion. The highest are Protestants and ironically Catholics. Shockingly Jewish women are only getting 1% of abortions even though in the Jewish Law it says "a baby becomes a full-fledged human being when it emerges from the womb, before then it is considered patial-life."