The abortion clinic in Belfast, Northern Ireland is run by a family planning charity, but an abortion and family planning do not go hand in hand. An abortion is ending a life and family planning should consist of preventing unwanted pregnancies or helping individuals become pregnant. If the mother's life is at risk from the development of a life threatening condition, and an abortion is the only way of preserving her life, I believe she has the right to have the procedure performed. In this case, it should be performed at a hospital with medical professionals educated in various specialties other than just abortions and certainly not a family planning center.
Life begins upon conception, starting the moment fertilization takes place and a being with a unique set of DNA is created. By the ninth week of pregnancy, a fetus developed a heartbeat, fingernail tips, the ability to move limbs, eyelids, and earlobes. These elements make up life, an abortion in this sense is killing a life. Although there are circumstances when a woman is not willingly subjecting herself to begin conception, she can still make the choice to bring a new life into the world regardless of the situation. Deciding to keep the child or place it up for adoption is her choice.
Women may travel from different areas of Ireland to have abortions performed, some secretly making the trip, lying to their family and loved ones. Lying expresses guilt or fear of disappointment, two feelings warranted. Many anti-abortion laws are enacted in Ireland; however, the exceptions are not clearly defined. Protesters view this lack of clarity as an opportunity for pro-abortion individuals to expand abortion laws. I agree completely.
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