7 Recent Attacks On Women’s Reproductive Rights

Women’s reproductive rights have been hotly debated in the media and politics recently. The right to choose when and to have children is a fundamental human right that should not be denied by government interference.

This blog post will explore some of the main issues surrounding reproductive health care for women- from birth control access to abortion laws- focusing on how these issues affect activists like you!

Issues In Focus

We’ve all heard the saying, “a woman’s body is her own.” But what do we mean by that? Is it just a cliché, or should we be taking it literally? What does this say about women who have no choice but to decide about their bodies? The truth is that women need reproductive rights to exercise autonomy over their bodies.

Reproductive Rights

Reproductive rights include a variety of rights that vary across countries. In UNESCO’s Declaration on Human Development, reproductive rights include: They also guarantee that any person has equal ownership of reproduction without discrimination.

Women’s Rights

People have been fighting for women’s reproductive rights for a time. These legal protections, including abortion and birth control access, have been pivotal to a woman’s ability to pursue her education and find work. However, these laws are constantly being challenged by those who would restrict their freedoms.

Access To Abortion

In recent years, we’ve seen an all-out assault on reproductive health care nationwide – from state legislatures passing TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws that shut down clinics and limit the availability of medications like RU486.

Politicians are trying to defund Planned Parenthood; even major anti-choice groups are lobbying against Obamacare provisions that allow young people to stay on their parent’s insurance plans until they turn 26.

Lack of Knowledge About Rights

The government is passing legislation that will limit women’s reproductive rights.

This includes restricting access to abortion services, birth control, and more. In the future, these limits could have a devastating effect on our society because they would be cutting off opportunities for many female citizens to get careers and education.

When the Supreme Court decided in 1973 that women had a constitutional right to abortion, it was a victory for reproductive rights. Forty years later, we see an attack on those rights.

Recent Attacks On Women

Women’s reproductive rights have been under assault for decades, including the Hyde Amendment that prevents low-income women from accessing abortions.

Trump

When Trump was in office and Republicans controlled Congress and the White House, there was no relief. We need to take action to protect our reproductive freedom!

Roe V Wade

Another way conservative lawmakers across America have tried to chip away at Roe v Wade is through backdoor tactics instead of going head-to-head with the decision itself.

Laws

The most significant step backward has been passing legislation at the state level- from Ohio and Mississippi to Oklahoma and Texas-that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. These laws are based on medically inaccurate information about fetal pain perception.”

Supreme Court

The most recent attack on women’s reproductive rights was the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. The new court will be charged with cases about abortion, contraception, and even LGBTQ discrimination.

Trump And Reproductive Rights

Here are the ways that the Trump administration quietly attacked women’s reproductive rights:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created a new division called the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which will make it easier for medical providers to deny care to patients on religious or moral grounds.
  • In October 2017, HHS proposed changes to allow employers to stop covering birth control in their health insurance plans if they have a “moral objection.”
  • The Trump Administration appointed judges who oppose Roe v Wade to federal courts across the country – something President Obama never did during his time in office.

Conclusion

For women in America, the right to make decisions about their reproductive health is still uncertain, and this uncertainty extends into the realm of abortion, which remains a contentious issue.

While we must protect women’s reproductive rights and defend them from potential harm, we must also consider how they affect future generations.

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