Molly L. Virginia

Women Can Make Their Own Decisions

The concern over reproductive health care rights is ever-increasing, and women are currently being denied the ability to easily access the health care they require. Now more than ever, state legislatures are attempting to interfere with the well-being of these women in hopes of limiting the number of abortions within the country.

Dear Next President,

     Congratulations on winning your party's nomination and the overall presidential race.

     Unfortunately, even with the presidential campaign coming to a fast-approaching end, there are several major controversies that still need to be discussed; for years, abortion has been one of those important topics. Currently, the legislatures of several states have been attempting to interfere with the lives of women and health care providers.

     One upcoming law in Arizona is designed to keep low-income women, specifically those using Medicaid insurance, from obtaining the health care they desire. If this law is passed, these women could lose necessary reproductive health care services from their provider of choice. The owner and medical director of Desert Star Family Planning Dr. DeShawn Taylor stated, “‘Women come to me, despite obstacles that stand in their way, in search of high quality healthcare. This law will force me to meet their needs not with compassion, but with rejection’” (“Healthcare Providers Challenge Arizona Law”).

     Another case of politics attempting to control women is the move to pass a law in Texas that will limit the facilities in which women can receive their health care. This law will require any abortion-providing clinics to meet the same standards to which hospitals are held. If it is put into effect, less than ten abortion centers in Texas will meet the standards, and women will have to travel several miles to find proper healthcare (Singh).

     However, I understand that many people have personal oppositions to the idea of abortion. Many of those people argue that because pregnancy means a woman is carrying a human being within her, it is unfair to take away its right to live; the rights of a child are just as relevant ("The Rights of a Woman Do Not Outweigh"). However, when women have abortions, they are not only thinking about themselves, but the future of the child. Many of these women struggle with the fact they need an abortion and resent the idea, but sometimes they are necessary to keep the women healthy (Stuckey).

     Although, there are ways to prevent abortions that are not made readily available to the public. For example, if used correctly, emergency contraception can delay or inhibit ovulation, possibly preventing fertilization. Some people are still against this idea, stating that it is virtually the same as an abortion, but emergency contraception has no effect once a pregnancy is established, and therefore will not harm any human being. The use of emergency contraceptives have been proven to decrease the number of unplanned pregnancies dramatically. However, they have to be used within three days in order to be effective, so it is incredibly difficult for women to get them because they are not sold over-the-counter in the United States (Boonstra).

     Ultimately, it is expected for people to have different opinions and feelings on certain topics, but those different opinions cannot interfere with the good of the public. Those who believe abortion is not right may have personal oppositions to the idea, but they should not be a deciding factor in how others should live their own lives. Although much of this could be prevented altogether with an easier access to emergency contraceptives and a greater appreciation for women’s rights, the most effective way to go about this major disagreement would be for one person to decide how she wants to handle a pregnancy and avoid chastising others for disagreeing or handling the situation differently.

     If you have any questions or want more information feel free to contact me at (555) 555-5555.

Sincerely,

Molly L.

                                                     Works Cited

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      Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2015. Current Controversies. Rpt. from "Fact #5: The

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