Are reproductive rights a right? Do women indeed have the right to control what happens to their own bodies, or do they have to do as they are told by the government? What a question. If we turn that around, do men have the right to control what happens to their bodies or do they have to do as the government tells them? Does this sound strange to you? Is the answer different? If you did indeed answer those questions differently, why did you? Is it because women don’t know their own minds? Do they need men to tell them?
Here is an interesting fact. In the U.S. abortion was legal and commonplace until around 1880 when most states outlawed it except in the cases when a woman’s life was a risk. http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/health-info/u-s-abortion-history/ How is that for an informational tidbit? This change was due to a few things, including the eugenics movement; physicians wanting to replace and control midwives; and men wanting to control women. There are now extremely restrictive laws in many states forcing women to travel 100’s of miles to obtain an abortion, or force them to have invasive procedures done to their bodies before they can have an abortion.https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/overview-abortion-laws
Not only are women’s rights to their own bodies being denied, but in a variety of ways they are portrayed as simply a “host” to their fetus. As such, they seem to have lost their human rights. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/24/steve-martin-virginia_n_4847959.html
But this war is not only on abortion, it’s a war on female contraception. Opponents of female contraception actually shut the federal government down. Over birth control – a little pill that helps woman for numerous medical issues including: making periods lighter and less painful, mitigating migraine pain, helping control endometriosis; control imbalances caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome; and it lowers the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/features/other-reasons-to-take-the-pill
Also included in this, are the representatives in government who do not want women to have any access to birth control. Now, according to our Supreme Court, your boss can deny you birth control. This is of course, based on their religious “rights”; which now are more important than women’s rights to health care.
Another aspect of this attempt to control women’s bodies includes the backlash against teaching sex education in schools. This includes the idea of arresting and jailing teachers for teaching sex education http://www.care2.com/causes/kansas-republicans-want-to-jail-teachers-for-teaching-their-sex-ed-curriculum.html
In states where there is no sex education, opting for what is called “abstinence only” education – promoting the idea that any sexual activity outside of marriage is “bad” and shouldn’t be engaged in, the rates of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy are on the rise. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/10/06/sex-education-zimmerman-book/73453030/
I’ve included some more links for you to read at your leisure. What do you think of the bills that have been brought forth in states and the federal government to force women to give birth to dead fetuses; to jail teachers for teaching sex education; to allow a boss to decide whether or not you can use birth control; and the rates of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in states with abstinence only policies? Have any of these impacted your own life? Let me know.