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Djuna
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6350651.stm
Long story short, Portugal, the strictest country in the EU on abortion, has legalized it. But only up to 10 weeks.
Previously, abortion was allowed on grounds of rape, to save the mother's life or because of 'serious foetal abnormality'.
10 weeks seems like a low limit to me, but at least women can get access to abortion now.
24 weeks, as in the UK, (I can't find a number for the US), seems a little high, to be honest, as rarely the foetus is viable at 23 weeks, so obviously the foetus will feel considerable pain if aborted at this stage.
I'm not saying abortion is wrong, I'm saying maybe the gestational age limit is wrong. What does anyone think?

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mellygirl
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Hmmm, I guess I'm not sure how I personally feel about the gestational period. I'm not sure I ever really put THAT much thought into it. I just know that I, personally, would want to have an abortion as soon as possible. It would definitly make it easiest for me, emotionally.

I do, however, think this is a huge step for Portugal to take. It's wonderful to hear that they've at least done SOMETHING. As far as length of time, though... I think it's about time for me to do a bit more research on how I feel about this...

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Beat me to it! I was so excited when I heard the news. Portugal has a real problem with illegal, unsafe abortions so hopefully the situation will improve a little now.

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quote:
24 weeks, as in the UK, (I can't find a number for the US), seems a little high, to be honest, as rarely the foetus is viable at 23 weeks, so obviously the foetus will feel considerable pain if aborted at this stage.
Actually, Joseph, this is an excerpt from the PP page citing otherwise:

We know for sure that the embryo or fetus cannot perceive pain in the nearly 99 percent of all abortions that occur before the 20th week of pregnancy. It is even possible that a fetus is unable to perceive pain at any time during pregnancy. If, however, the ability to feel pain does develop before birth and consciousness, it is likely to happen only after the 28th week of pregnancy, when abortion is performed only for rare, unusual medical situations.

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Djuna
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I take it PP is Planned Parenthood?
Fair enough, but still, babies born at 23 weeks survive sometimes, so aborting at that stage seems unethical to me.
I think the limit should probably be limited to 22 or 20 weeks, for this reason.
But the 'no pain' thing is a HUGE relief to me. This was another example of Catholic education brainwashing us, we were show ultrasound videos of abortions and we were told that the foetus was in extreme pain.

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