Preface: There will be some strong language concerning abortion methods later on in the post so if you do not want to read such content, please skip over the “abortion methods” section of the post and leave a comment. The aim is not to create offense in mentioning the graphic nature of certain abortion procedures, so if this makes you uncomfortable, please do not read it to avoid confusion.
Vera Drake is an illluminating and brilliant film into the subject of abortion. It follows Vera, a cheerful English housewife who secretly helps women who want abortions have them at a time where it was illegal to have an abortion in England.
What is abortion? It can be described as the termination of the existence foetus during pregnancy. Some people say it is murder. Others say that it is not murder since a foetus is a collection of cells. Clearly, abortion is a controversial topic to discuss in any old way. I would like to know what people think of abortion. It has been talked about many times, sometimes with vitriol and anger but I am genuinely curious to know whether in today’s world, have we come to accept abortion as part of life or are we still afraid of what it symbolises?
In my personal opinion, I support abortion 100%. I see it as a choice for a woman to do what she feels in her heart is right. Many times, women who have had abortions are stigmatised for doing something which some people think is wrong. Whether it is wrong or right for me is irrelevant because I wholeheartedly believe it is a woman’s choice. The law cannot dictate to a woman that her body is immobilised and that she cannot do something if she desperately does not want to keep the child. Some people believe that they support abortion in cases such as rape. I respect that opinion but another reason why I support abortion in any case is because I believe it is a severe violation of human rights to suppress women because they have to physically bear a child so by restricting a woman not to have an abortion, I do see it as symbolically, the patriarchy is telling its’ female members that they cannot live how they want.
Here are some worldwide statistics for abortion:
–Worldwide, there are circa 126,000 abortions a day and the lifetime average for an abortion is 1 abortion per woman. In addition, about 78% of abortions occur in developing countries.
Examples of certain legal Abortion Methods
–Vacuum Aspiration (6 to 9 weeks): A powerful suction tube is inserted through the cervix and into the uterus.
–Dilation and Curettage (8 to 16 weeks): A steel loop-shaped blade is inserted into the uterus through the cervix. It removes the foetus and placenta.
—Abortion Pill (less than 8 weeks pregnant): The medication “mifepristone” was developed in France by Dr. Etienne-Emile Baulieu in 1980. He found a method of preventing a woman’s body from producing a hormone that sustains early pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. Because this hormone is blocked, the uterine lining begins to shed, the cervix begins to soften and bleeding may occur. With the later addition of the second medication, misoprostol, the uterus contracts and the pregnancy is usually expelled within 6 to 8 hours.
There have been anti-abortion violence occuring at US Abortion Clinics too. I find this too repugnant and disgusting to even make a comment. These women are exercising their right and before anyone tries to slap the freedom of speech agurment, life is not controlled by anarchy and by trying to cause chaos at an abortion clinic, you are doing exactly that so those people need to just sit down and have peaceful protests instead of violent ones.
I do not think abortion should be used as a form of contraception however. It is a serious procedure that should be taken seriously. One controversial question is do men have a say when it comes to abortion? What would happen if a woman wanted to have an abortion and her boyfriend did not want her to? It is a grey area however I am adamant that her choice in this case overrules his because he cannot force her to go through with it…or can he?