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This article sets out the possible circumstances in which society might permit abortion. On this page When is abortion legal? Some societies ban abortion almost completely while others permit it in certain cases.
Such societies usually lay down a maximum age after which the foetus must not be aborted, regardless of the circumstances. Most opponents of abortion agree that abortion for the sake of the mother’s health can be morally acceptable if there is a real risk of serious damage to the mother. Abortion for social reasons is usually least acceptable to opponents. Birth control and disability Abortion as a substitute for contraception Some methods of contraception in fact amount to abortion during the very earliest stage of a pregnancy. This section only deals with abortion after the first week of pregnancy.
Some societies have used abortion as a substitute for adequate provision of contraception, or quite deliberately to regulate population size. In 1965, a United Nations Conference on World Population in Belgrade said that abortion was the chief method of birth control in the world at that time. Most western supporters of abortion rights do not support abortions carried out for such reasons – or at least not as explicit public policy.
Eugenics and gender selection Abortion and eugenics Abortion has been used in the past to stop the growth of population groups, the South Korea government’s recent interest in restricting abortion may be linked to the country’s falling birthrate, deliberately aborting foetuses that would be born as girls. As an unborn child is a human being and deserves an equal chance for life; which is the hardest part for me for some reason.