Page 5 of 7 Abortions may damage the cervix. The muscle could be torn when it is stretched open. The womb could be punctured by the abortion instruments. This could lead to later miscarriages, bleeding during pregnancy, or premature birth (Lowenstein, 44). If this happens you could never get pregnant again. Abortion prevents 3 to 5 percent of women from getting pregnant again (Lowenstein, 45).

If you are a teen and this happens, your husband in the future may want children and you would not be able to have them. A huge risk women take by having an abortion is getting breast cancer. Joel Brand, from Baruch College, said? Numerous studies show that women who have had abortions have an increased risk for breast cancer. ? (Role ff, 155). This study is very scary. During the whole process the child gets killed by abortion and the mother then could get killed from breast cancer.

If the mother never would have had an abortion then they both would have been able to live. The post-abortion syndrome is common after abortions. It is a common reaction to abortion with a feeling of despair, depression and alienation. Other symptoms include suicidal behavior, drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders and anxiety attacks (165). When you combine RU-486 and prostaglandin there is often severe pain, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, excessive thirst, and heavy bleeding (151). That would be way too much to deal with all at once.

I would get sick of being sick. I could not do that to my body. Abortion also leads to violence and irresponsibility. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems (50). This could lead to murder to an older person and not just a child. Also by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility for the child he has brought into the world.

That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble (50). He is just proving that he does not care about a human life. At four weeks the embryo is becoming visible. The embryo is the size of a fingernail from the pinkie. The brain and the heart are beginning to differentiate.

In the next two weeks, the digestive tract, sensory and arm and leg buds will begin to form (Comic, 33). The embryo may only be small but it still has human-like features. At eight weeks the embryo now measures about 1 3/4 inches. It weighs about 1/2 an ounce and its heart beats. The ears and eyes are developing quickly. Fingers and toes start to appear.

The skeleton begins to harden (33). It is now larger and some would call it a human at this stage. At twelve weeks the embryo has doubled in length to about 3 inches. Reproductive organs start to form, and sex can be distinguished. After the third month it is called a fetus (33). The embryo is much larger.

Around this time abortion should definitely be called murder. When the fetus reaches sixteen weeks, it undergoes a rapid growth spurt. It is 6 inches and weighs almost 4 ounces. Fingertips appear, and it may suck its thumb. Its lungs are formed but collapsed and functionless (33). At twenty weeks it is now 8 inches long and begins to form eyelashes and brows; its eyelids separate.

The woman may feel the fetus move. Its lungs, skin and digestive tract are not ready for life outside the womb (33). I feel the fetus is practically a person already. At these stages there is no need for an abortion and it should not be allowed.