Op-Ed for Portfolio- gcatt310

Women’s Rights Threatened In America 

Women’s rights have been challenged throughout history. Recently women’s rights have been threatened more than ever as a result of the Trump Administration. The administration has channeled funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs. The changes made to Title X, which allowed women to afford contraception and other critical health benefits shows the goal of the future that the conservatives have in mind. By teaching young women to abstain from sex rather than educate them on their safety options shows the blantent disregard for womens rights in America. To make matters even worse, organizations receiving money through the federal family planning program (Title X), will still be able to perform abortions but will have to do so in a separate facility from their other operations and adhere to the new requirement that they not refer patients to it. Without referals, women will be stripped of the right to have abortion as an option. The new Title X rule also removes the requirement that health care providers inform pregnant patients about their full range of options like prenatal care, termination, or adoption. Strict abortion laws are unethical. Women who have an unplanned pregnancy have the right to choose what they want to do with their bodies, without having to have consent from the government.

 Making abortion illegal, or making it difficult to aquire will only lead to worse outcomes. Abortions will be taken into the hands of the black market, and women will be in very unsafe siutations. A woman should have the right to choose whether she chooses to give birth or not. Pregnancy can also be harmful to some women and even threaten their lives due to health complications. Women should not be forced to put their life at risk if they do want to. Women can also decide they do want to give birth after getting pregnant from an abuser or violent act. There are many reasons why women may chose to have an abortion, that should be done professionally and in a safe medical enviorment. 

The Trump Administration and conservatives will argue that young girls should be taught to abstaine from sex rather than be educated on contraceptives. Under the new rule, staff members at Title X facilities who are morally opposed to abortion can effectively pretend that the procedure doesn’t exist, a lie by omission that no one would find acceptable in the context of any other form of health care. This will lead to a hostile environment for young girls in school, they will feel oppressed and confused in their social lives. It is unethical to not teach young children about sexually transmitted diseases and how to prevent them. 

The new Title X affects the longstanding ways of which women dealt with their health concerns. The damage that will result from strict abortion laws is undeniable, the harm is not to unplanned parenthood it is to peoples healthcare. The anti-abortion movement has spent decades trying to make abortion seem separate from “regular” health care. 

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