Plan B as the young ones like to call it.
But I call it murder. I understand this might seem harsh and may spark controversy, but allow me to explain myself
I do agree that there are some situations in which some may say abortion is necessary, however, abortion shouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind, but should be the last resort.
Abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, usually performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
There are main points I abide by when talking about abortion with others or sometimes with myself (yes I’m one of those ones who like to conversate with themselves) which maybe different with others. The first is faith and second is what the impacts are on the womans health i.e. physically, mentally and emotionally.
With abortion on the rise and most recently Ireland voting whether to allow abortions on the basis that it happens before 12 weeks or if after 12 weeks termination can take place if there is a risk to the womans life or of serious harm to the physical or mental health of the woman up until the 24th week of pregnancy.
Of course as a woman I believe that our bodies are our own and we can do with it as we please . However, we should be considerate about the complications that may occur if termination of pregnancy is the first resort. These are : infection of the womb, some of the pregnancy remaining in the womb, excessive bleeding, damage to the womb. These having both long term and short term effects on the body.
In addition to this there is also education which is important. The saying “knowledge is power” is one of the best sayings I have come across in my 18 years on this earth. I am part of a generation where sex is highly personified and is a common factor in young relationships.
Contraception is the biggest thing that can both prevent pregnancy and also lower the amount of terminations. In addition having detailed talks in schools about the health risks of abortion can also be very helpful and insightful for young teenagers. If I hadn’t have researched on the internet I wouldn’t have known that there were all these risks.
Teenagers aren’t steady researching these things as opposed to researching the latest trends. I know that if someone came in with a couple videos and true life stories that would more likely stay in my mind verses me having to do my own research.
In addition to this is being open about sex and reminding young teenagers/adults that it isn’t something that they should keep hidden and that they have the right to ask questions and seek help.
Many young teenagers/adults are more than likely scared to approach a nurse or sexual health clinic to ask for contraception in fear of being judged. Sexual health clinics are there to advice and help these young people and I think if they made it more clear in a way that will appeal to young teenager/ adults, they are more likely going to be responsive when it comes to seeking help and advice and not relying on their partners “pull out game”. (if you get it , you get it).