Abortion Research Paper Examples
Abortion is a complex issue with many individuals debating about its legality, whether it is murder, the inhumane procedures used to carry out the procedure successfully, and the various medical and health situations that support the abortion practice. Consequently, it is crucial for students to learn about the practice despite the opinions that one may have towards it. Thus the various Abortion Research Paper Examples, that will guide you as you write the paper.
You need to conduct research on the topic before writing about it. The research will enable you to find content on the issue and increase your understanding of the topic. Research the following areas:
- The meaning of abortion
- The reasons why individuals choose to have abortions
- The procedures of abortions
- The risks associated with abortion
You can also give your stand on the issue and any recommendations that women who are thinking about abortion should follow.
The Research Paper
You should write your paper after collecting enough information and understanding the topic. Remember to:
- Follow the requirements of the assignment
- Avoid plagiarism
- Provide quality work
- Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes
- Adhere to the word limits
- Follow the format specified by your teacher
Instructors look at a variety of things in addition to the content of your paper. Strictly adhere to the above points to avoid unnecessary penalties
Your essay will be divided in three: the introduction, body, and conclusion.
Your introduction should be informative and exciting to keep the reader glued to your essay. You can start the essay with a question, fact, or a quote. You should also define the topic in the introduction so that the reader can have an idea of what they will be reading. There are many sources online that have detailed definitions. One example is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary which defines abortion as pregnancy termination after, resulting in, closely followed by, or accompanied by the embryo or fetus’ death. It may occur during:
- The spontaneous removal of a human fetus within the first three months of gestation; or
- The induced removal of a human fetus
Remember to avoid plagiarism by quoting the source in the text and the reference page
The introduction should also inform the reader the constituents of your essay. In this case, you can state ‘the essay will cover….’ It is important to have a thesis statement in your introduction. Ensure that your introduction is not too wordy. It can cover half a page or less (unless instructed otherwise).
The body should contain the content that you researched. You can have topics and subtopics that will elaborate your content. Ensure that you handle different issues in different paragraphs. For instance, the reasons for conducting abortions should be in separate paragraphs from the paragraphs explaining the procedure.
Also remember that there are personal reasons for abortions like financial instability, Relationship problems, Unwillingness to be a mother and the responsibilities associated with it; and situations that force a mother to abort like health issues on the child or the mother. Differentiate the two reasons so that the reader can understand that some medical situations force a mother to abort.
Explain the procedure before, during, and after abortion. Pre-abortion procedures include counseling; looking for a licensed provider; and deciding to abort or giving birth and staying with the child or giving it out for adoption.
You do not have to give explicit details of the abortion procedure. Just provide the two options and explain them. The options include medical abortion and surgical abortion.
The post-abortion procedures include counseling and medical attention in case the individual faced some issues during the procedure. You can explain the risks associated with aborting here.
Remember to express your stand and provide any recommendations for the practice.
The conclusion of the research paper involves summing up the main points of your essay. You can provide a brief description of abortion, the reasons, the procedure, risks, and your recommendations.
Writing the essay will be easier once you adhere to these guidelines. Remember that writing involves expressing your stand to the readers. Therefore, be clear and concise.
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Research Tips for Writing School Papers on Abortion
Tips for Writing
You're barely back from vacation and your teacher asks you to do a report or a research paper on a current issue. You believe strongly in the right-to-life and so you’d like to do your paper on some aspect of the abortion issue. But where do you start?
Of course, you'll still have the responsibility to write the paper, watch your grammar, and turn in your paper in a timely fashion. But the information found here will provide you with the kind of accurate information and arguments you need to prepare a top-notch paper. Here's some practical advice and suggestions on how to think through assembling your paper.
Some Hints on Choosing a Topic
Deep or Wide? – Do you want to give your reader a general background on the topic or do you want to write in-depth on one aspect of the debate? If you choose to go general, you'll basically just be introducing the topic and outlining some of its broad ramifications. But you can still show why the issue is important and address some of the most salient facts. For example:
Life has many facets – If you decide you want to look at one issue in depth, there are many possible topic areas.
- The humanity of the unborn child – fetal development photos
- Discuss a baby's first months in the womb
- Study stem cells
- Partial-birth abortion
- Discuss the history of the right-to-life movement
- Report on Missing Persons - Abortion's Economic Impact
- Describe Abortion's Impact on Minorities
Doing Your Research
Write it down – When you find some information relevant to the topic you've chosen, write down exactly what your source says and fully document the original source. That means saying no more and no less than what the source says. Indicate the author, the name of the article, the publication, the date, and any further publication data.
If you cite Roe v. Wade or any of the other High Court abortion cases, make sure you characterize these correctly by checking Supreme Court Decisions: Abortion.
Assembling Your Information
- Assemble Your Sources – Get all your notes and resources together. Take a look at what you've got. Are there any gaps in your research? If you're looking at the history of abortion, do you have the information on The History of National Right to Life, and Wisconsin Right To Life, a key participant in the battle over abortion?
- Think through your arguments - What are the points you need to emphasize to best make your case? What is the logical order of your arguments? Do you have evidence for the arguments you intend to make?
- Outline your Paper - Your teacher may be your best guide here and he or she probably has a specific format in mind. It's often as simple as identifying your thesis, lining up the main points of your argument, supplying the evidence you need to make those points, and then summing up your research in a conclusion.
- Factsheets – Factsheets such as the Teens & Abortion: Why Parents Should Know and The Pain of the Unborn not only supply you with the facts, but also provide good examples of how a topic can be organized and can help you spotlight the strongest and most relevant arguments.
Writing Your Paper
- Pay attention to the basics - You may have a great argument and possess the most compelling evidence. But if you can't express it in a clear and concise way, you'll impress no one. Follow standard rules of grammar so that subjects and verbs agree, sentences don't run on, proper nouns are capitalized, etc. Check your spelling. Have someone else read your paper or read it out loud to see if any phrases or sentences are jarring or confusing.
- Know your audience - Quotes from Scripture, Pope John Paul II's "Gospel of Life," etc. may fit in nicely to your paper if you are encouraging people of faith to take up the right-to-life cause. In a public school, however, it may be more effective to argue the right-to-life cause from a human rights or civil rights perspective. Not everyone recognizes the same religious authority, but your teachers will take note of material from medical texts and journals about the development of the unborn child or abortion's physical and psychological effects on women. (Problems After Abortion)
- Stick to the Facts - If you don't have a source for some statement you want to make, don't make it. If you have conflicting sets of data, get the sources for each one and see which one holds up best.
Know the difference between an "assertion" and an "argument." "Abortion hurts women" is an assertion. It may be true enough, but once you make this assertion, you must back up your point with argument and evidence.
Resist the temptation to relate personal anecdotes unless they are absolutely relevant and be careful about unwarranted extrapolations.
- Keep your cool - Never personally attack and avoid hyperbole. Give opposing arguments their due both because that is being intellectually honest and because it tells your teacher he or she does not need to view your solid counter-evidence with suspicion.
Can we guarantee you'll get an A+ on your research paper? Sorry, no. A great deal of that is still up to you.
But with links found here and at National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund, you'll have the ideas and information you need to address some of the hottest topics in America today. You'll be better and smarter for it. And that's what education is all about.
-- Above by Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D. and Joe Landrum. Dr. O'Bannon is National Right to Life Education Trust Fund director of education and research, and Joe Landrum is administrative assistant for NRLC public information.