Reproductive Rights

Reproductive rights are decided by the government, more specifically, by the white Christian men in office. Roe v. Wade, for the first time since 1973, is being eroded by the new Partial Birth Abortion Ban in South Dakota. By outlawing Partial-Birth abortions, the government, obviously influenced by religious ideals, will contribute to the increase in deaths of women.

“When a woman does not want to be pregnant, the drive to become unpregnant can turn into a force equal to the nature that wants her to stay pregnant. And then she will look for an abortion, whether it’s legal or illegal, clean or filthy, safe or riddled with danger.” (Cooney, 2004)

 Making abortion illegal will cause unnecessary deaths among pregnant women who do not want a baby. Moreover, the government is controlling women and what they do to their bodies based on a religious argument that women are playing God when deciding to get an abortion. Many women affected may not have a religious conflict of interest, yet are forced to confine themselves to these religious based laws (Cooney, 2004). It seems logical to separate these two distinct entities. People allow and agree with the ban because of their morality, and political-church supported propaganda. Christian beliefs are both implicitly and explicitly supported by the government. Yet, as outlined in the Constitution, the government should not interfere with religious beliefs, and a high wall of separation is required.

From a Teacher's Point of View

Trisha M. Kannan: MA Candidate, English, University of Florida

Who is dictating government policy on Reproductive Rights?

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