Definition- clementine

The Reality of Having a Third Trimester Abortion

All people could agree that one of mankind’s top priorities in life is to maintain a great quality of life, meaning to be able to enjoy life’s events, be healthy, and comfortable. Many citizens of different countries could have their own definition of their own quality of life based on the culture that they live in in their country. When talking about the moral issue of abortion, woman could say their decision to have an abortion could affects their quality of life. According to Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought, woman who believe that abortion does not violate any morals, feel as though having an abortion causes you to have a better quality of life than if you were to give birth. However, one’s quality of life is diminished if they choose to have an abortion rather than carrying the baby for all three trimesters and giving birth. There is a huge misconception that abortion during the third trimester is ok and harmless, when in reality, getting an abortion in the third trimester is super gruesome and hard. 

Society has taught many young women, especially those of the left, that woman should feel empowered by our right to be able to get an abortion during our third trimester. They support abortion so much that they always have left me with the impression that abortion was positive and all great. Abortion-rights advocates have stated that abortions after 20 weeks in the womb are performed because of health complications or lethal baby anomalies discovered late in the pregnancy.  However, data from the medical literature and late-term abortion providers, some planned parenthoods, indicates that most of these procedures are not performed for these reasons. It is usually done to woman because the baby would have affected relationships status’ and work related status. 

Therefore, for some woman, abortion works out for them in the long run, but you cannot deny the fact the possible trauma woman go through while actually having it done. Abortions that are performed after 20 weeks of being in the womb, when not done by induction of labor (which leads to fetal death due to prematurity), are performed by having the woman go through the “Dilation and Evacuation” procedure. These gruesome and horrid surgical techniques include crushing, removal, and dismantlement of a fetus from a woman’s uterus, weeks before, or after the fetus reaches the developmental age where they could survive without the mother according to The Reality of Late-Term Abortion Procedures. In some cases, especially when the fetus is past the stage of being healthy enough to live on its own, late term abortion may involve the lethal injection into the fetus’ heart to ensure that the fetus is alive when it is pulled out or has the ability to survive. That means that without a lethal injection, when the baby is taken out of the woman’s vagina, it has a possibility of surviving. However, according to E. Johnson, that is very rare. This means that when the fetus is extracted from the women’s vagina, there could be developed parts of the baby that the mother herself could see. This can be fairly traumatic if the women are not informed that there is a possibility for her to see a dismantled baby. Especially since it could have been her own. 

A 35 year old woman named Elizabeth had to go through an abortion at 32 weeks because her baby had complications. In the interview reported by Jezebel, she explained that since the fetus was so developed, they had to inject a lethal injection inside the baby. Once the abortion-doctor had done that, she had contractions and had to push what was left of the baby out of her vagina. 

“It was a delivery. I felt every body part coming out. I felt the whole thing.”

            She also states in the interview that it was horrific for her to do that since she knew she was giving birth to a dead child. She said it was painful not just physically but mentally. Like she said, having a late term abortion is traumatic and no where near being “easy”.

To continue, there are so many other complications that you can get from this procedure that you wouldn’t have if you gave birth to the child. These complications include:

  1. Spontaneous rupture of membranes 
  2. Onset of labor and fetal expulsion before surgery
  3. Dilators migrate into uterine cavity
  4. Allergic reaction
  5. Toxic Shock Syndrome
  6. Uterine hemorrhage
  7. Perforation of the uterus
  8. Tissue remaining in the uterus (incomplete abortion)
  9. Injury to the bowl or bladder
  10. Scar tissue in uterus or cervix
  11. Placenta Previa in future pregnancies
  12. Infertility due to the consequences of infection or damage to cervix
  13. Pulmonary Embolism
  14. Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Woman are not informed on the matter of late-term abortion and how you can contract many mental health issues and physical effects on the body. Giving birth instead of getting an abortion is a much safer route because most of the time, natural childbearing does not cause PTSD, or any other physical issues compared to having an abortion according to Understanding Abortion. Having the fetus’ body parts ripped out of your uterus according to Elizabeth’s story seemed so real and gruesome that it is so hard not to picture. No woman going into an abortion should think that the process is easy and will be fast. The effects of an abortion out run the procedure itself. Based on this information, woman will have no choice but to not think about the consequences and experience of this procedure. Many pro life supporters would probably tell you to just practice abstinence, but if that isn’t an option and you become pregnant, all of this information should lead you to conclude that giving birth while putting the baby up for adoption is a strong alternative to having an abortion. All of this to say that abortion is not as easy and positive as some people may say it. 

References

Johnson, E. A. (2015, January 20). The Reality of Late-Term Abortion Procedures. Charlotte Lozier Institute. https://lozierinstitute.org/the-reality-of-late-term-abortion-procedures/

Schwarz, Stephen D, Stephen D Schwarz, and Kiki Latimerm. Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought. Lanham, MD: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2012. Print.

Tolentino, J. (2019, January 22). Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks. Jezebel. https://jezebel.com/interview-with-a-woman-who-recently-had-an-abortion-at-1781972395

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9 Responses to Definition- clementine

  1. clementine102 says:

    Hello Professor Hodges!

    Reading back on this paper, I am actually appalled by what I wrote. I barely stayed on topic, I have a bunch of formatting issues, and things I included in this that I should have never included. I think my definition argument is very weak and I am definitely tweaking it in my re-write. I realized that I need to stay more on topic of the PTSS syndrome rather than talking about how hard a third trimester abortion is. Explaining how hard a third trimester abortion I know will not cut it obviously. I was wondering if I compared Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (Abortion related) vs. PTSD and argue that the PTSS is worse in woman. It would require me to get more research but I will be willing to do that if you think it’ll be a better arguement that what I have here. Thank you for your time.

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    • davidbdale says:

      No comment pleases me more, Clementine, than to hear that after a semester of scrutinizing texts my students are appalled by their first drafts from just weeks ago. It can only mean that you’ve advanced considerably as a reader, as a critic of your own work, and, we hope, as a writer.
      I’ll be back shortly to see what we have here and make some specific recommendations, but until then, I’ll be walking a few inches off the ground.

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  2. davidbdale says:

    Your first paragraph,

    All people could agree that one of mankind’s top priorities in life is to maintain a great quality of life, meaning to be able to enjoy life’s events, be healthy, and comfortable. Many citizens of different countries could have their own definition of their own quality of life based on the culture that they live in in their country. When talking about the moral issue of abortion, woman could say their decision to have an abortion could affects their quality of life. According to “Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought,” woman who believe that abortion does not violate any morals, feel as though having an abortion causes you to have a better quality of life than if you were to give birth. However, one’s quality of life is diminished if they choose to have an abortion rather than carrying the baby for all three trimesters and giving birth. There is a huge misconception that abortion during the third trimester is ok and harmless, when in reality, getting an abortion in the third trimester is super gruesome and hard.

    could be rephrased as:

    Both childbirth and abortion radically change a woman’s quality of life. According to “Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought,” women who have no moral objection to abortion undergo the procedure to avoid the trauma of bearing and delivering an unwanted child. But a third-trimester abortion is gruesome, and the trauma can last a lifetime.

    Does that help you understand just how much you might want to revise your language use?

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    • clementine102 says:

      Yes it certainly helps me to understand how much I need to improve on my language use. I use too much non sense and my extra wording is very unnecessary. Thank you.

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  3. davidbdale says:

    Your second paragraph seems irrelevant to whatever argument you’re making in this essay, clementine. This should be an essay devoted to categorizing late-term abortion as a gruesome procedure that can induce lasting trauma on the women who select the procedure. There’s no room in that description for observations that abortion works for some women, or that women choose abortion for a variety of reasons.

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  4. davidbdale says:

    Your third paragraph takes too long to get to the point and confuses us about the procedures you’re describing. If there are three possibilities each gruesome in its own way, let us know that at the top of the paragraph, then carefully guide us through the types and their horrific aspects. Don’t be sidetracked.

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  5. davidbdale says:

    Elizabeth’s story is effective, but it deserves its own special treatment. You deprive it of its power by describing the sort of dead-baby delivery she experienced BEFORE you tell her story, so that her actual details sound repetitious instead of packing a real punch.

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  6. davidbdale says:

    The final paragraph should simply describe the post-traumatic stress that follows on having an abortion even when there are no medical complications and when the procedure itself seems innocuous. The point of your essay is that, whether they are medical or psychological, there are serious consequences to having a late-term abortion either because the fetus is physically well-developed or because the “mother” has been carrying the “child” so long that she has made a deep psychic commitment to bonding with the “baby.”

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    • clementine102 says:

      I had trouble on staying on topic and I always catch myself getting side tracked while writing. You have defiantly taught me how to do better on focusing on my arguments while also eliminating “non sense” writing. I shouldn’t have to say a point I want to make in several different sentences when they all mean the same thing. Thank you for providing helpful feedback and I will implement what you have suggested in my re-write.

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