We should therefore give great consideration to her rights and needs as well as those of the unborn.
Print In Aprilabortion was thrust onto the center stage of U. Supreme Court prepared to hear Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which threatened to severely restrict women access to abortion. In the lead-up to a mass protest planned for Washington, D.
This article first appeared in the April issue of Socialist Worker. This is why socialists argue that all women deserve the right to control their own bodies, without interference from anyone.
Today, however, the entire terrain of the abortion debate has been shifted. Increasingly, abortion has been transformed from a right to a privilege, denied to ever greater numbers of women. Thirty-five states have laws requiring women under the age of 18 to notify or obtain the consent of a parent before they can have an abortion.
A Pennsylvania law now being reviewed by the Supreme Court requires married women to notify their husbands in order to get an abortion. This law also requires that women receive counseling on "alternatives" to abortion and then be required to wait 24 hours before they are allowed to have an abortion.
And Louisiana, Utah and Guam all have passed laws virtually banning abortion. Wade decision, which made abortion a legal right.
The legal obstacles that already exist affect millions of women across the U. It is legal now, but inaccessible to millions. The Freedom of Choice Act now before Congress should be viewed in this light--an important first step in restoring abortion rights in the U.
The Freedom of Choice Act would guarantee legal abortion at the national level, no matter what the Supreme Court decides. But until we win back those abortion rights that have already been lost, abortion will continue to be a privilege rather than a right, in the U.
Abortion is a class issue Whatever restrictions are placed upon legal abortion, all women do not suffer equally. Social class has always been the deciding factor in the right to choose an abortion.
Wealthy women can always afford access to abortion, even if it once again becomes illegal. In the century during which abortion was illegal, rich women could still obtain abortions because they had the money and the private physicians, which enabled them to travel or get around the law.
Yet those women must desperately in need of the right to choose tend to be young and poor. The single most common reason why women have an abortion is not being able to afford the cost of raising a child. Poor and working-class women account for the vast majority of abortions.
Race is also an important factor in the U. Black women and other minority women are more than twice as likely as white women to seek abortions. Similarly, when abortion is illegal or not funded, Black and other minority women suffer disproportionately.Abortion is a key part of women’s liberty, equality, and economic security.
But politicians keep passing laws with the goal of making it more difficult ― if not impossible ― for women to get an abortion. The Center for Reproductive Rights uses law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental right worldwide by documenting violations, waging legal battles and shaping policy.
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Can one both support women’s rights and oppose abortion? Truly supporting women’s rights must involve telling the truth about abortion and working for it to cease.
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Jul 20, · Abortion is an important element of women's rights because women are more affected by the abortion debate than men, both individually (if they are considering an abortion) and as a gender.
Abortion isn't about the right to privacy. It's about women's right to equality Reclaiming Abortion Rights, she argues that, as much as abortion is a private medical decision, it’s also a.