Abortion in Perspective
Abortion... this insolvable problem. I say insolvable because it has bothered mankind for at least 2500 years.
About 1.6 million abortions are performed each year in the United States, representing about 29 percent of all known pregnancies (legal abortions plus live births six months later).2 More than 70 thousand pregnancies, or about 19 percent of all known pregnancies are terminated preterm annually in Canada. A large proportion--two thirds--of these abortions occur among young, single women. Most of these pregnancies are unintended and result from unprotected or inadequately protected sex acts. One wonders: Why do these women get pregnant when they do not wish to continue their pregnancy? Do they have knowledge of and access to contraceptive methods? How do they and the key persons in their environment (e.g., the sex partner, family members, girlfriends) feel about the pregnancy and the decision to terminate it? Why do these women choose abortion, and how do they feel before and after the termination? Does abortion affect these women's sexual and contraceptive practices, and their future relationship with the sex partner? How do they come to terms with the abortion experience? One also wonders how the service providers (physicians and nurses) respond to the unmarried women who need abortions.____________________