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How should I start a paragraph about the risks of abortion?

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You will want to begin by absorbing ideas and getting your thoughts organized. The next thing to do is research. Go the library and look at medical journals and articles about risks related to abortion. The internet is also a great source. Make sure that you use only reliable resources.

Now that you have done this it is time to brainstorm. Make a list of what you know. To make it easier you can even make a graphic organizer. The next step is the writing process.

You will probably focus more on medical issues but do not forget to include information on the psychological risks that can be involved when women have an abortion. They can often be quite devastating.

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You could start your paragraph discussing the historical aspects of abortions.  You could discuss how abortions used to be performed and the dangers women faced from them.  The use of coat hangers and back alley doctors could be your focus.  I would then transition into today's risks with anesthesia, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and the psychological or mental health dangers. Going along with the previous responder, the risk faced by women from anti-abortion groups could also be discussed. 

It is always good to start with historical data and transition into current times.  You could also start with a wide focus and then narrow it as the paragraph progresses. 

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Since this is likely become an argumentative essay/ persuasive writing, the first step is to present your point of view and argument by adding background and establishing your. You could begin like this:

The early termination of a pregnancy, commonly referred to as abortion, is a medical procedure in which an embryo or fetus is removed from the womb prior to the end of the term of gestation. This practice is unsafe, and carries with it a series of risks which could include a) death,  b) future inability to conceive,  c) infection or secondary maladies, and d) psychological trauma. These risks make abortion a dangerous decision, and one which should be analyzed thoroughly.

This would be the beginning of an argumentative/persuasive essay.

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