Public Funding of Abortion Clinic Term Paper

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This means that the government should fund abortions despite of where they are performed whether in hospitals or clinics. This can be achieved through passing legislation to support pro-choice care for all pregnant women. Allowing abortions only in particular situations is a form of discrimination and in order to ensure that Americans have the necessary system that supports the choice of women to get an abortion, the government needs to pass legislation that funds abortion clinics. This will ensure that all women despite their social class have the right to make decisions about their childbearing and their reproductive health and not leaving this to only those who are able to afford to pay for abortion.

Shortage of abortion providers

There has been a shortage of abortion providers over the years as a result of the lack of experience in conducting abortions for doctors since despite their medical education, they are not trained on family planning an abortion which makes them unable to give patients the full range of care that they need. Data from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education reports that techniques for conducting first trimester abortions are taught to about 46% of medical doctors while only 34% take it as an elective. This leaves 7% of the doctors with no opportunity to learn how they can provide safe abortions Henshaw and Finer 20.

However, despite this education, very few doctors are learned the techniques of conducting second and third trimester abortions safely. This has led to a shortage of providers of safe abortion services all over the country thus creating a necessity for doctors to be educated on this. By providing public funding for abortion clinics, this will require institutions that train medical doctors to add mandatory programs to teach the women how to conduct safe abortions at all stages of pregnancy thus increasing the safety of abortions and decreasing the number of illegal abortions greatly.

Also there has been a pattern of decrease of the number of hospitals that provide abortion services as a result of the stigma attached to this. According to a report by the American Hospital Association, there have been serious implications of access to abortion services which have made hospitals shun away from providing these services Haney 41.

By giving public funding for abortion clinics, this will increase the number of hospitals that offer abortion services thus enabling more women to access safe abortions.

Conclusion

Many activists who are against abortion have stated that providing public funding for abortion clinics makes little fiscal sense and is immoral. However, looking at the argument of those who are pro-choice, the advantages of public funding for abortion clinics outweigh the disadvantages. Some of the advantages include increasing access to safe abortion for all women, decreasing the number of women who endure complications of unsafe abortions and giving the public a fair and equal access to abortion services. Under the ethical principle of beneficence and that of the common good, by publicly funding abortion clinics, the society in general will benefit greatly.

References

Jane Roe, Et Al. V. Henry Wade, District Attorney of Dallas County Roe v. Wade. U.S. Supreme Court 1973.

Haney, J. The Abortion Debate: Understanding the Issues. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Pub Incorporated, 2008. Print.

Henshaw, S.K., and L.B. Finer. "The Accessibility of Abortion Services in the United States, 2001." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 35.1 (2003): 16-24. Print.

Weisberg,…

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References

Jane Roe, Et Al. V. Henry Wade, District Attorney of Dallas County Roe v. Wade. U.S. Supreme Court 1973.

Haney, J. The Abortion Debate: Understanding the Issues. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Pub Incorporated, 2008. Print.

Henshaw, S.K., and L.B. Finer. "The Accessibility of Abortion Services in the United States, 2001." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 35.1 (2003): 16-24. Print.

Weisberg, D.K. Family Law. New York: Aspen Pub, 2008. Print.

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