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3 Ways You Can Support Women’s Reproductive Rights

3 Ways You Can Support Women’s Reproductive Rights

As the war on women sallies forth, the state of reproductive rights scales backward in time.

Despite recent legislation and the expansion of abortion rights in certain parts of the nation, the tide is largely turning in the opposite direction. A recent Pew Poll found that now, more Americans view abortion as immoral, with religion playing a large part in these sentiments.

It is these types of sentiments that propel politicians of the “pro-life” movement to seek more limited abortion rights. Texas officials have successfully defunded Planned Parenthood this year, and Arizona leads the nation in having the most clinic closures of any state, with many more facilities closing in other states as well. Judging from these events, all of this only looks to be the beginning.

When and where will the line on restrictive abortion rights be drawn? Extremist politicians believe anti-choice legislation supports women’s rights, when in fact it only limits accessibility and criminalizes the women who seek abortions. Furthermore, low-income women often do not have enough time to save money for abortions, and Plan B contraceptives remain difficult to obtain even if it is available over the counter.

However, while all of these events no doubt remind you that the war on women is continuing on, the fight is far from over. Here are three actions you can take to support reproductive health rights:

1. End the Shame and Stigma Around Abortion

The conversation about this issue is often heated and escalates into a greater argument, making it easy to forget about the actual women who have decided to have an abortion. The conversation on abortion is an intricate one, but should always be shared on one’s own terms and in one’s own words — not the words of politicians or officials. The 1 in 3 Campaign aims to support this idea by allowing women to share their own story for others to learn from and collectively end the stigma around abortion.

2. Demand an End to the Attacks on Science and Women’s Health

Politicians have imposed state restrictions on medical abortions on the basis of arguments that have nothing to do with women’s health. As a result, women are at risk of making medical decisions without proper procedural knowledge or research. The attacks on science and women’s health need to end in order for women to make informed decisions concerning abortions. Help defend these rights by signing this petition.

3. Tell Congress to Draw the Line

The Bill of Reproductive Rights is a historic effort spearheaded by thousands of concerned citizens who want equal reproductive rights for all. The bill calls for U.S. Congress and the President to guarantee and protect reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and stop the attacks by politicians who want to take those rights away.

Watch the video below to support the Center for Reproductive Rights in their efforts, then spread the word and talk to your friends and your local politicians about this extremely important issue.

It’s important to remember that small steps matter. While these three ways of supporting reproductive health won’t amend all the problems within the reproductive health sphere, they will help women in your community and at the national level. For as much power as politicians have in taking away reproductive rights, individuals have just as much impact and agency in taking steps to protect their health and the health of those around them.

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7:48PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

this country and this world need a lot of work.... women are finally standing up for their rights and look at how hard it has been thus far! I suppose anything worth having is worth fighting for

3:14PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Great article. Responsability is the keyword.

12:57PM PDT on Sep 7, 2013

As a woman and black handicapped I know something about discrimination and yes men LOL. I just read today where a poll shows that less babies are being born in America History, of course my mind went there, no abortion and I am the only one getting punished for it "NO" is the key word I know that is not the complete point Parent Plan Hood is much more than that it services the poor and it is a great sexual educators as well even for our young men and women. Birth Control can not control sexual Disease a Form of protection from receiving these disease are given out as well. Men want the old woman back one who stayed home and counted the pennies that he made and tried to make ends meet. The little woman who could sew and make clothing for her and the Children, every year until she became less of child bearing age she was pregnant with a child. sounds good to your ears. Man have always looked upon himself as the hunter bread winner of the house, when it always were the wife who really made it work. Oh did I mention after none bearing of children he decides to get a more younger more educated woman who knew the finer things of life. One who could entertain the boss. Man want everything but most of all he want to say when and how.

7:17PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

Thanks for highlighting the need to talk scientifically about contraception and pregnancy and abortion and delivery.

7:53AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

good article--ty. it's so weird that extremists have become the norm!

9:09PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Shari: Thanks. I didn't notice the link maybe because the article has many links. It also says it can be brought to your community. Well, I presume good judgment will prevail.

6:56PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

An unfertilized egg has the "potential" of a fertilized one with one more "nurturing" step. If every fertilized egg must be nurtured to term then so does every unfertilized egg and under law every woman must be continuously pregnant. Claims that barrier methods, surgical sterilization or implants are immoral restate the same absurd claim.

One cannot say when an egg is fertilized due to variability in swimming speeds and survival of sperm for days in the fallopian tubes. Claims that Plan-B are immoral are also equivalent.

Two thirds of fertilized eggs fail to implant or are subsequently rejected. That is divine will and moral. Claims that IUDs or early use of chemical or surgical abortion are immoral must explain why an act that advances divine will two thirds of the time should be criminalized.

Due to transcription errors every cell in your body has unique genetics like the fertilized egg. Fertilization must add value through an undetectable "soul". Lack of evidence or explanation why identical twins don't share one soul and chimeric human don't have two suggest religious doctrine. Law may not advance religious doctrine by valuing a fertilized egg over an unfertilized one.

Until birth a fetus is a parasite carrying a risk of death far greater than abortion. Please justify requiring an actual human to risk death for a parasite no more valuable than the routinely-expelled unfertilized egg.

3:37PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

and don't forget to be a volunteer escort for your local clinic- They can always use another smiling face willing to help people get the health care hey deserve.

3:25PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Interesting article and comments. It's an emotive subject with several issues.
Bottom line until a foetus/baby is capable of potential independent survival, the only viable life is the mother's. Pregnancy and childbirth come with significant risks and can bring permanent change to the woman's body and mind.
In an ideal world all children would be born into the optimal conditions for their nurture and development. Hundreds of millions of children worldwide have less than acceptable conditions.

12:09PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

noted.

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