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An abortion is the removal of a developing baby from the womb of his or her mother using surgical mechanical or chemical means Podell 11 The most common way of performing an abortion is called vacuum aspiration This procedure is usually done during the first trimester of ones pregnancy Surgical abortions are usually not performed before seven weeks and by that time the baby has identifiable arms and legs Knowing that a child is slowly beginning to develop inside of a womans uterus makes them feel more attached to the child If they are considering the option to abort this child they begin to question the safety of abortions and the risk factors involved when receiving one Although abortions are said to be safe there are many contrasting side effects that can leave the mother scared psychologically or physically for a long period of time Abortions have been practiced since the beginning of civilization They were the dirty little secrets of the ages commonly performed but rarely spoken of Without the existence of reliable birth control technology abortion was the only way to limit the size of a family Women had many reasons for wanting to go though with an abortion but the most common of those dealt with a womans health or to prevent their families from discovering that they were having premarital sex Whitney 44 During the 1920s hospitals were devoting whole wards to patients with abortion related complications There were three main ways to obtain an abortion The first was to assure a private doctor that an abortion was done to save a mothers life or preserve her health This inturn would make the abortion legal and able to be performed in a hospital under the safest conditions available The second was to find an illegal but
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