The status of women’s reproductive rights in America has been a controversial topic in recent years. State and federal governments have clashed, along with women and men’s views all across the country. Some believe that women’s reproductive rights should be a national political issue, while others want to show that these women’s rights are fundamental human rights.
Women’s rights topics that have grown in the spotlight are access to abortion, contraception, and the discrimination of pregnancy to name a few. Women all around the United States have questioned and fought for their fundamental right to their body. One of the ever present topics in politics is abortion. In the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade case the right to abortion became legal, but in recent years state and federal governments have fought back and forth on the grounds of this. In opposition of this ruling, anti-abortion members of Congress have been pushing a variety of bills to outlaw any abortions after twenty weeks of pregnancy, or make it illegal altogether. By state government, some states are doing all they can to put restrictions on abortion services. According to a 2016 report “legislators have introduced 1,256 provisions relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Of these, 35% (445 provisions) sought to restrict access to abortion services. By midyear, 17 states had passed 46 new abortion restrictions. Including these new restrictions, states have adopted 334 abortion restrictions since 2010, constituting 30% of all abortion restrictions enacted by states since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973”.
It has been extremely hard in recent decades to keep reproductive rights out of politics, with women’s privacy over these personal decisions made public for the whole country. Our former president Barack Obama spoke about the women in this country and their own private rights saying, “Women are not an interest group. They are mothers and daughters, and sisters and wives. They are half of this country and they are perfectly capable of making their own choices about their health”. The United States needs to create more respectful and responsible guidelines for how they go about educating and permitting reproductive rights.Tags: #reproductiverights