To make the
student aware of abortion as a medical intervention which terminates a
pregnancy. It should not be presented as a method of birth control. It
is appropriate for the teacher to present issues for and against
abortion and to allow for a discussion of the issue. The teacher,
school, and material will avoid either advocating or censuring abortion.
The student will be able to:
Understand the possible serious medical and psychological consequences of abortion and repeated abortion.
Understand the medical and surgical procedures used.
Understand fetal development from conception to birth.
Discuss the ethics of abortion with parents, guardians, religious leaders, or other trusted adults.
Distinguish between the morning after pill (prevents fertilization) and
RU486 (causes the shedding of the endometrium).
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Facts About Abortion. Planned Parenthood of Sacramento Valley.
Facts and Statistics from the United States Food and Drug Administration.