Abortions should be Available on the NHS
An abortion is a term to describe the deliberate ending of an unborn baby, in order to go ahead with this process; there are two methods in which an abortion can be followed. This includes the use of drugs or a minor operation, medical abortion takes place in the first 9 weeks of pregnancy, which involves taking a pill, orally, and having a tablet placed in the vagina. Terminations that are carried out in this way will end the pregnancy in the first four hours of taking the medication, another way of abortion is known as the “suction method” through which a tube is inserted in the cervix and the baby is vacuumed into this tube, this method is only available up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.
Legal abortions also take place before 24 weeks into the pregnancy, this can only take place if two doctors agree that it is necessary to go ahead with this procedure if there is a possibility that having the baby would harm the mother’s mental or physical health more than having the baby, or if the birth of child would harm the health of any other children that she has.
Abortions are also available on the NHS, for this you need a referral from two doctors from your local GP; firstly the doctors will need to agree that the requirements of the Abortion act 1967 have been met. The legislation of the abortions act 1967 states that the abortion can only be approved for the following reasons:
The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated. The termination is necessary to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman. The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman. The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the...