Women’s Identity: Women’s Reproductive Rights
An important part of finding a women’s identity to reproductive rights you will have view various perspectives and the history behind it. You will have to understand the many influence in society such as race, gender, age and sexuality. This influences women’s roles as an individual, members of the family and society. In the movement for reproductive rights, women have been dominated by many different viewpoints to this subject. I am for women’s reproductive rights but there are many layers to this topic. Some I agree with and some I don’t.
From my observation and reading in seems that since women have won the right to vote the feminist movement has gain some serious movement forward. Reproductive rights also opened doors for women but not all areas of this topic have been totally finalized. Since Margaret Sanger a supporter of birth control and Katharine McCormick a highly educated women have been birth control in support of women’s reproductive rights. These two women were able to push forward the development of the birth control pill. It was not until 1960 the government legalizes the production of the pill. I do not realize how the development of the pill freed women to have a career and fueled the women’s movement. I have always looked at the pill as a responsible way of birth control. Now that I have read, the women’s testimonies of how they feared having one child after another and how the pill impacted them to become productive members of society, and the work force. They were able to pursue other dreams and avenues that were slowly becoming available. As I read I see how women viewed home life was before the birth control pill as stated, “Our domestic life suddenly became quite complicated.” (Shulman, 1971, p.276). This was stated as women were having more children introduced in the home and their goals were being set aside. The pill set a different tone for women in society as supported by Bell Hooks, “Women need to get outside the home and work-to cease being just housewives.” (Hook, 2000, p.96). I view the birth control pill as a responsible way of birth control. I feel is it a smart way of planned parenting for woman who are married and have a career. If you have a planned pregnancy, you do not have to feel like you have give up your status as member of the working community in the event of becoming pregnant. The freedom to control or plan your pregnancy has freed women from the maybe burden of being the homemaker during the time of its development. I view this type of birth of control as supporting women’s identity in terms of becoming active members in the society as a whole. This is because women that have a desire to have a career or education can have that and in turn give back to the family and society. With this, I would think this boost the self-esteem of any individual women. The birth control pill is not the only method of birth control within the reproductive rights area that has made some waves through the years.
Abortion is a much-debated topic in term of birth control and women’s reproductive rights. I remember watching all two hours of the movie “Lake of Fire” and reading about Vera Drake. I am not a full supporter of abortion due to the fact I feel that there is different levels of responsibility for an unborn life inside of any women. I realize the struggle that women have had to endure to gain reproductive rights. I see the view point of women‘s right to abortion is to continue women’s identity with the right to say what is done to their bodies. I believe with the right of birth and abortion you have a moral responsibility to take care of that life. If you do not want to have a child then use, some type of birth control such as the pill. This issue has more impacted women as an individual due to the strong prolife and prochoice opinions that have developed over this issue. This has gone as far as murder of abortion doctors and bombing...
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Women’s War for ReproductiveRights
The most challenging social issue in America today is not just abortion, but a woman’s right to contraceptives and reproductive health. Generally abortion is an issue that has always been questioned but is an ambiguous subject, even though abortions have been allowed by the Supreme Court for almost five decades. The debate is where to draw the line for contraceptive availability, abortion laws, and healthcare. The argument ranges from; free contraceptives, full healthcare, and whenever the mother decides; to no contraceptives, paid-for healthcare, and none at all. Neither of these arguments can be supported and bring into question human morality, individual freedom and personal responsibilities, as well as federal and state responsibility. The proper role of federal and state government is to ensure women’s basic rights to safe, affordable reproductive healthcare and choice regarding its use.
In America today we have states like Virginia, which want to change the policies regarding women’sreproductive freedom. Tobias Wolff, a writer for the Huffington Post reported, “The Virginia legislature has passed a bill that will force women seeking an abortion to undergo a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound” (Wolff 1). This now mandatory...
...Abortion and the ReproductiveRights of Women
Abortion and the ReproductiveRights of Women
Abortion is a very controversial topic in today’s society. It is defined as the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy. Nowadays, there are many reasons why a woman may choose to terminate her pregnancy. Reasons that are common, but not limited to the following include: inadequate finances to support a baby, parents not being ready for the responsibility that comes with motherhood, teenage pregnancy, health problems with either the mother or the unborn baby, or pregnancy caused by rape. In third world countries, a woman may terminate a baby if it is a girl, because society is man-based. There are many reasons that abortion is chosen.
The issue of abortion relates to Women and Gender Studies 100 because “the fact is that women have been trapped. Reproduction is used, consciously or not, as a means to control women, to limit their options and to make them subordinate to men." (Dr. Nafis Sadik, UN Population Fund). Control over reproduction is a basic need and a basic right for all women.
The issue of abortion is an on-going debate. Pro-choice groups believe that a woman should have access to whatever health care she needs and that she should have control over her own body. Pro-life groups believe that the embryo or fetus is "alive" and thus abortion is the same as murder....
...ReproductiveRights as a Contemporary and Historical Feminist Issue
Essay #1 / Final Exam
American Women’s History
H. June Laves
One of the biggest issues facing women in American society today has been an issue bouncing around in politics for decades: reproductiverights. Women can never have equal opportunity to men without equal opportunity to make their own decisions about their bodies.Reproductiverights for women not only include the right to abort a pregnancy, but it also involves any choice a woman may make concerning her body. She must have the right to choose when she wants to get pregnant, choose when she wants to have sex, have easy access to information about her body and reproductive system, as well as access to contraceptives and non-stigmatized medical care. Today’s women in American society still have to battle the right to information, the right to contraceptives, and the right to abortion.
Sex Education in public schools has always been a widely debated topic in American History. Determining what information to give out and how old the children need to be is constantly being argued. However, many programs are only preaching abstinence, especially to young women. Young men on the other hand get the “condom talk.” Very little information about female...
...battle. I also believe that we would not have to fight over this issue if everybody fully understood the indisputable consequences, which would be caused by a ban on abortion.
Abortion right is the most controversial issue among women. I find it disturbing that some women advocate a ban without considering the consequences. By advocating a ban on abortion women deprive themselves of some of the fundamental rights of our political system. The freedom to make individual choices and decisions should be protected at all times. If people understood this principle, we probably would not be in the situation that we are in today. Most Americans would not want the government to interfere in their personal lives but a "pro life" decision will do just that.
The majority of abortions, however, are not performed in the interests of saving the mothers life, but to deter inconvenience and difficulty on either her part, or the child's. For example, the mother may feel she is unable to raise a child in her current situation or the child may be born severely disabled. It may be acceptable to some to sacrifice the fetus in order to save the mother, but not to abort the fetus in order to please the mother.
About 43% of american women have one (or occasionally more) abortions during their lifetime. Women's centers and hospitals perform more than a million abortions per year.
Women have many reasons for not wanting to be pregnant, and thus to...
...Abortion as a Human Right
Throughout history, induced abortions have been a source of considerable debate and controversy. An individual's personal stance on the complex ethical, moral, and legal issues has a strong relationship with the given individual's value system. A person's position on abortion may be described as a combination of their personal beliefs on the morality of induced abortion and the ethical limit of the government's legitimate authority.
It is a woman's individual rights, right to her life, to her liberty, and to the pursuit of her happiness, that sanctions her right to have an abortion. A women'sreproductive and sexual health and shape her reproductive choices. Reproductiverights are internationally recognized as critical both to advancing women's human rights and to promoting development. In recent years, governments from all over the world have acknowledged and pledged to advance reproductiverights to an unprecedented degree. Formal laws and policies are crucial indicators of government commitment to promoting reproductiverights. Each and every women has an absolute right to have control over her body, most often known as bodily rights.
A woman has a right to abortion if :
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...How did Women'sRights Movement come about? Women were not allowed to vote. They usually could not get higher education. Often, they could not get jobs, and when they did, they get paid less than men for for the same work. They could not own property, in many countries, including England. In some places, if they had money and got married, the money became the property of their husbands. The Women's Right's Movement started because they were sick of the unfairness. Women'srights are the rights and elements and entitlement claimed for a woman and girls of many societies. Women(and some men) have asserted women's equality and the rights of women since ancient times, but without much success until the 19th and 20th century Women'sRights Movement.
In the 19th Century, during the Colonial era and the first decades of the Republic, there were always women who strove to secure equal rights for themselves. Some assumed the business interests of a husband after his death. A few women challenged male domination of religious life, though they met with criticism from their communities or banishment, as in the case of Anne Hutchinson. Women were also active in the fight against the Crown and organized boycotts of British goods. During the struggle for independence, prominent females such as Abigail Adams wrote and spoke privately...
American Women Civil Liberties and Rights
Civil liberties and rights in America are often associated with African American movements and their battles against social racism and inequality throughout the years.
As much as I was tempted to write this paper on that particular subject, I decided to direct it to another problem our society is currently facing, Abortion. The right to privacy is a civil liberty every American enjoys. Theright to privacy is an important freedom for everyone everywhere not just in certain states. Women in America should have the right to do whatever she feels is best for her. The street law website states, “The fourteenth amendment says not state shall deny to any person with in justification the equal protection of the laws.” Women in America are concerned states having different laws concerning abortion. Women have different reasons for wanting or needing an abortion. Some women may be restrictive to the laws and her life could be in danger. The law in Texas states women cannot receive an abortion unless her life could be in danger. This restriction on abortion infringes on the civil liberties of women in the United States. Personally, I believe women should have the right to receive an abortion under certain circumstances. I agree with the law in Texas to a point. I feel if the woman’s life is in jeopardy, if the pregnancy is a result of a rape,...
...of having the rights to their bodies however there are a lot of questions and concerns regarding this issue. Abortion should also be seen as the start of women’s control and rights when it comes to matters regarding their bodies. In this paper I will be supporting the view that abortion is morally acceptable especially with the many circumstances to consider and also the Canadian public should accept that it is a fundamental humanright in the constitution. I will present feminists’ own points of view as well as other sources to support my argument.
Abortion is divided into two opinionative groups, these are the pro-choice and the pro-life supporters. Pro-choice supporters argue that the woman has the right to have a choice whether to have an abortion or not. The pro-life supporters are the opposite and believe that life begins at conception and having an abortion is a form of murder done to an innocent child. However some of them support the idea that abortion should only occur if the pregnancy was a result of rape, incest or illness that the mother might have that can harm both mother and child (Kuss). I find this view flawed and hypocritical due to the fact that they strongly believe it is murder however they also make exceptions for it. What makes the fetus conceived as a result of a consensual sex more important and valued than the one of rape / incest? There is no difference at all, therefore it...