Pregnancy is not a "ping" - immediate conception - thing. It usually takes days or sometimes longer especially if the female is not ovulating at that precise time. Knowing that, it would be a positive to offer M-A Pills to the rape victim as they wouldn't have to think about the pregnancy angle at all, IF it were an option for them, - meaning - they would not necessarily at that moment actually BE pregnant, but taking the M-A Pill would ensure they didn't become pregnant due to that violation. The M-A Pill can actually be taken up to 3 days post "incident" as well, so would still be useful for females, if in the case of rape, did not report it immediately. Even ru486 (the abortion pill) can be taken up to 7 weeks into a pregnancy, safely, for females who don't report the rape in the first few days of it happening. MANY don't however report the rapes in the first place or at all.That is a really tough one. The 'morning-after' remedies would be a good choice. I'm guessing there are things that can be done the next day or 2 to make certain that the victim is not pregnant.
I have unfortunately had to deal with rape victims and usually their initial feelings have much to do with what they think they personally did wrong, for it to happen in the first place. It is more often than not someone they know than a stranger to violate them, hence them feeling a lot of "ownership" of blame. It is usually a few days before the anger element sets in and the other "what if's" start.I hate to sound like a heartless hard-a$$, but if a victim has been raped the first things I would think that would come to mind would be 'what I get a disease? What if I get pregnant?'. If they wait until the baby has a heartbeat things get really nasty indeed. Then we have to try to figure out just why is the baby different from a person in a coma on life support?
IN WROTE:catalyst wrote:Many a supermodel have babies they have given birth to. Elle MacPherson, Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford..Yasmin Le Bon..etc..just a few examples. So perhaps the other "supermodels" who may have had voluntary terminations, it too may have been a case of miscarriage or eptopic pregnancy over vanity.
We don't know. We just know that the "abortion numbers" are put out there, not taking the variables as to reasons into account.
I cannot find any data where it states that medically aided legal abortion (as in D&C) available prior to '72-73 in the USA, even to women suffering miscarriage.I don't know, but I doubt that pregnancies that were biologically threatening to the mother were illegal before '72 in the USA. I would compare the number of abortions before '72 and now.
I did read on the link (will provide below) states:
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/06/1/gr060108.htmlEstimates of the number of illegal abortions in the 1950s and 1960s ranged from 200,000 to 1.2 million per year. One analysis, extrapolating from data from North Carolina, concluded that an estimated 829,000 illegal or self-induced abortions occurred in 1967.
One stark indication of the prevalence of illegal abortion was the death toll. In 1930, abortion was listed as the official cause of death for almost 2,700 womenâ€”nearly one-fifth (18%) of maternal deaths recorded in that year. The death toll had declined to just under 1,700 by 1940, and to just over 300 by 1950 (most likely because of the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, which permitted more effective treatment of the infections that frequently developed after illegal abortion). By 1965, the number of deaths due to illegal abortion had fallen to just under 200, but illegal abortion still accounted for 17% of all deaths attributed to pregnancy and childbirth that year. And these are just the number that were officially reported; the actual number was likely much higher.
To me, it looks as though any form of D&C(as done now) was not done prior to the 1970's.
I would like to make it clear here that I personally believe that this is one of the MANY issues in the world which should be addressed, but I also believe it should be tackled from a learned angle as to what constitutes ABORTION in reality- as in by actual definition of what it is, as opposed to the ASSUMED meaning of the word.
If it is the truly unwanted and CHOSEN to "get rid of" pregnancies, is the target of this thread, then wouldn't it be better to tackle the issues of contraception and sex etc and options available prior, rather than what to do about it AFTER? Work from a prevention angle, rather than a "what now?".
So that said, WHO is the target demographic here? As IM asked: "What does the OP mean by 'abortion'?". - in this thread.