Reproductive freedom means ensuring that the women of America maintain their right to make decisions about their bodies on their own without influence from the government. The American Civil Liberties Union is working towards helping women keep this right while informing the public about the true facts about abortion. Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed. Also, abortion is 99 percent safe to perform, but only thirteen states actually accept the procedure. Despite the amount of safety involved in abortions, the majority of the country do not accept it which means abortion access has diminished. There are laws that make it difficult for some women, specifically low-income or poor women.
There is a divide in congress on the issue of abortion. There are some political officials that support the woman’s right to choose, but there still are “extremist” politicians that get laws passed that restrict access to reproductive health care. These laws shut down reproductive health centers and lessen birth control access. The worst part of the restrictions is the shame they place upon the women who receive abortions. ACLU is trying to eradicate this by focusing on protecting access to affordable birth control and the woman’s right to choose.
On the online news media outlet, the Rolling Stones Republicans reportedly have been attempting to rid women of their reproductive rights.
The Guardian writes Clinton is the only choice if you care about women’s rights. If Trump becomes president, he has said he would take away reproductive rights this would affect millions of women. The article highlights Clinton’s defense of reproductive rights during the final presidential debate when she promised to protect Planned Parenthood and the ruling of Roe v. Wade. The Democratic candidate believes the government should not be able to intervene in women’s lives when they are trying to make this personal decision. 7 out of 10 Americans support Roe v. Wade and even half of Trump supporters disagree with the Republican candidates plan to defund Planned Parenthood.
Clinton is the best choice to ensure the protection of reproductive rights because she believes women are capable of making this decision themselves. If Clinton becomes president, reproductive rights advocates will be pleased because they will have an ally in their president.
by Rodesha Washington