Sex can cause an abortion
Abortion taboo: myths, facts, interesting facts.
It is probably the most polarizing sub-area of gynecology: abortion, termination of pregnancy, divides spirits and has always been the subject of discussion. We dare to tackle the sensitive topic and have collected a few facts and food for thought for you.
Abortion is murder. Abortion is illegal. Serious psychological consequences. Feelings of guilt. Women who decide not to conceive are still confronted today with many accusations and a concentrated load of scare tactics. The topic of abortion shows again and again that we are numerically in a modern time, but sometimes still in the Middle Ages in terms of thinking.
From a factual point of view: facts & figures
Even if it is more than difficult to find transparent figures, experts estimated the number of abortions in Austria in 2013 at 20,000 - 30,000. Most of them were done before the 10th week of pregnancy. The interventions are usually paid for privately; the costs can be between € 250 and € 630.
There are three methods of termination of pregnancy. The most common is suctioning the fetus between the 6th and 14th week of pregnancy. The second is scraping the uterus, but this technique is rarely used. Another option is the abortion pill, i.e. drug termination. This is allowed up to the 9th week of pregnancy and only under medical supervision. Incidentally, the morning-after pill cannot cause an abortion!
Myths About Abortion.
If you enter the term “abortion” into a search engine, the “related searches” will give you a pretty good idea of the worries associated with it. We looked at a few of them and came to some conclusions.
An increased risk of breast cancer?
One of the biggest myths surrounding abortion is that women are more at risk of developing breast cancer after having an abortion. That is not true, however. In a study with 1.5 million participants, no association between abortions and an increased risk of breast cancer could be found
Abortion reduces fertility.
Another fairy tale. If the procedure is carried out correctly, ovulation usually starts again after about 2 weeks. If sexual intercourse occurs and is not prevented, the woman can theoretically become pregnant again immediately. Abortion doesn't matter.
The fetus feels pain.
If there is a demonstration against abortion, then of course emotions sometimes play the biggest role. What could unsettle a young woman more than causing pain to her unborn child? In fact, there is only one thing to say about this: fetuses react to stimuli, but the pain sensation does not develop until later in pregnancy. In addition, they are still unconscious until the third semester. Early termination does not pose any pain to the fetus.
One thing should be said at this point: We are aware that in some areas there is no clear right or wrong. It cannot be generalized and generalized. Precisely because every woman is different from the other, her values and her environment are so different.
With an early abortion, good advice and a supportive environment, however, the termination of pregnancy does not necessarily have to cause psychological damage. Studies have shown that women who have had an abortion are no more likely to suffer from mental health problems than women who have had an unwanted pregnancy. And not in relation to all women as a whole. Of course, one cannot lump all cases together here either. After all, it plays a far too big role how the pregnancy came about, whether the woman has already had several terminations, had psychological problems before and and and. Abortion alone is usually the smallest hurdle.
We're only humans.
This article does not provide an answer to what is correct and what is incorrect. It should be a little guide and treat the topic openly. It is always said that journalism should be objective and never subjective. However, behind every article there is a person who simply has a personal opinion and especially with a topic of this level of difficulty it can happen that the subjective attitude sometimes shines through.
No, we are not moral apostles and find that no one except the woman concerned can judge the situation of an unwanted pregnancy. In our opinion, religion, morals and ethics can be put on the back burner in such points and the individual situation can be brought to the fore. After all, it is not only about the life of the unborn child, but also that of the pregnant woman.
If there is a concrete solution to the issue, then we would see it in a transparent approach. Abortion should no longer be a taboo subject and contraceptives should be accessible and affordable for everyone around the world. The black market in many countries shows that the prohibition of an abortion is not effective. In their need, women resort to dangerous means - be it dubious drugs or cheap and sloppy interventions. And no one, whether they are anti-abortionists or supporters, should approve of these methods and still be able to sleep peacefully at night.
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