Post #1: Abortion
Abortion has been around for a long time, but recently it has been something everybody has been talking about. Ever since the new president came along, the rights of a women have been in jeopardy.
Margaret Sanger said, “No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.” This quote relates to why I will be focusing on abortion and the right for women to have control over their own bodies as well as having access to all sorts of reproductive services. I am interested in this topic because it is a very controversial issue in society today. It is something that shouldn’t be taken away from women all around the world. I believe every woman has the right to choose what to do with their own bodies and that includes having an abortion. In the New York Times article, Trump Revives Ban on Foreign Aid to Groups That Give Abortion Counseling, written by Somini Sengupta, he explains how President Donald Trump wants to not give any more funding to “nongovernmental organizations in poor countries if they offer abortion counseling or if they advocate the right to seek abortion in their countries” (Sengupta 2017). Donald Trump does not believe in abortion and thinks people who have abortions should get a form of punishment which I think is cruel for women. I will be focusing on how the President wants to stop funding these institutions and how it will affect all of us using statistics, personal affiliations etc.
As for the republican agenda, they want to stop funding from organizations like Planned Parenthood and prevent women access to contraception services and abortions. Although there is a lot anxiety among women whether their rights over their reproductive systems will be taken, the governor of New York wants to ensure that it will be okay. In the NY Times article, Andrew Cuomo to Widen Access to Free Abortion and Contraception, written by Vivian Lee, she explains how the governor wants to protect women of their reproductive rights. The governor states that he plans to, “require health insurers to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost” (Yee 2017), which means that contraception and abortions will be part of what your health insurance pays for. I believe that it is powerful seeing a political figure stand up for the crisis that is going on for women today.
Why should we care?
I believe this topic affects everyone and even if abortions aren’t something people have conversations about, reproductive rights are all young people are protesting about. I would like to learn more about this topic and view it different ways. I would also like to learn and talk about why America needs to have these women right’s. This isn’t an uncomfortable subject for me, but getting personal connections about this topic and trying to incorporate them together might me difficult. I am a sociology major and although this directly won’t benefit my career in the future, all this research will help me understand the problems of society. I would like to keep my blog members up to date on the latest news on what President Trump has in store for our reproductive rights.
Lee, Vivian. “Andrew Cuomo to Widen Access to Free Abortion and Contraception.” The New York Times. N.p., 20 Jan. 2017. Web.
Sengupta, Somini. “Trump Revives Ban on Foreign Aid to Groups That Give Abortion Counseling.” The New York Times. N.p., 23 Jan. 2017. Web.