Research Paper On Birth Defects

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  • Debate Over Partial Birth Abortions

    5 pages in length. Considered by some to be nothing more than a veiled lack of responsibility, partial birth abortions have come to the forefront of controversy. As if abortion, in and of itself, was not a hot enough issue for debate, both the procedure and reasoning behind partial birth abortion are under fire. Women whose fetuses have known birth defects most commonly utilize this highly invasive procedure as a means by which to terminate the late-term pregnancy. After the baby is purposely turned in the breach position, the doctor pulls it down through the birth canal until the only part left inside the mother's body is the head, which legally maintains its fetus status. The brain is then suctioned out and the skull crushed before the body is completely expelled. Indeed, the primary arguments about this particular procedure revolve around the status of personhood, as well as the reasons to even employ such a horrific alternative. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Birth of a Nation/Cinematic History

    A 3 page research paper that discusses The Birth of a Nation (1915, directed by D.W. Griffith for Epoch; screenplay by D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods and Thomas Dixon), which is a landmark film in cinematic history as it was the first important feature-length film, which had a tremendous impact on the nascent industry, as it changed the demographic makeup of film audiences (The Birth of a Nation, 1995). Up to this time, films were generally considered to be a working-class entertainment, but Birth of a Nation opened cinema to a much wider audience, one that had previously preferred only the legitimate theatre (The Birth of a Nation, 1995). Nevertheless, considering Birth of a Nation is also problematic due to this film’s overt racism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • African American Teens and the Psychological Impact of Pregnancy

    An 8 page research paper. Births to adolescent mothers comprise 13 percent of all births in the US, yet adolescent mothers frequently receive inadequate prenatal care. Within this at-risk group, African American pregnant teens are particularly vulnerable. This paper offers a literature review that explores the motivations, cognitive development, and psychological state of pregnant African American teens. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Margaret Sanger

    3 pages in length. A true pioneer in the nursing field as well as a social reformer, Margaret Sanger upholds what some believe to be the dubious legacy of introducing birth control for the sole purpose of giving women a choice when it comes to their own bodies. Her nursing career was the catalyst for what ultimately became her life's work educating about and supplying birth control devices after watching with a heavy heart how not only patients but her own mother suffered under the physical and emotional toll of having many children; at a time in history when women were only just beginning to have a social voice, Sanger's contribution to nursing was both courageous and timely. She may have met with opposition every step of the way, but Sanger stood strong in her conviction so that women of today have a choice whether to birth babies or not. Bibliography lists 1 source.

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