How a lack of reproductive rights affects health
Although the United States of America might not seem like a world leader when it comes to issues concerning reproductive justice, the reality is that it is. Since the late 1800s, the nation has adopted many progressive laws that protect women’s rights, including guaranteed access to abortion. In fact, this country is more likely to be considered a hotbed of feminism than many other places. It should come as no surprise, then, that many of the country’s founding fathers were indeed female and staunch supporters of the movement for women’s rights. As such, many of the benefits that women have gained through their ongoing battle for equality can likely be attributed to this country’s forefathers.
Unfortunately, the United States is not the only place where women have faced restrictions concerning their reproductive health. Many other countries, including some in Europe, have also imposed limitations on the right to an abortion. As a result, women in these places often bear the burden of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions. The toll that this places on their health is devastating.
One way of preventing unsafe abortion is through the promotion of reproductive health. This includes both educating women about their bodies and their reproductive rights as well as providing them with access to safe abortion services if they need them. Unfortunately, in many places around the world, women cannot enjoy these basic human rights simply because they are women. This is why it is so important that we, as a global society, continue to work to secure reproductive rights for all.
The Dangers of Unsafe Abortion
Although the risk of death from an illegal abortion is generally considered to be low, it is not. In fact, according to a recent study, there were nearly 100 deaths linked to illegal abortions between 2010 and 2014. Some of the other dangerous side effects of an illegal abortion include:
- permanent disability
- psychological effects
- unplanned pregnancy
- tearing of the reproductive tract
- cervical cancer
All of these risks are potentially life-threatening. As such, it is clear that women’s reproductive rights should be respected and upheld, not just in the United States but around the world. In most cases, making an abortion legal would not only benefit the woman seeking the procedure but could also dramatically reduce the number of deaths linked to this procedure. This is one of the many reasons why ensuring access to reproductive health is such an important element of the fight for gender equality.
The Risk of Developing Cancer
One of the potential side effects of an abortion is the development of cancer. Whether it is from the chemicals used in the procedure or from the bacteria that is introduced, there is good reason to believe that having an abortion could increase a woman’s risk of developing cancer later in life. There is also evidence that being unable to have children increases a girl’s risk of developing cancer. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that women who have had abortions are at a higher risk of developing cancer than those who have not. Specifically, the WHO has stated that having an abortion increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 40 percent and of developing breast cancer by 12 percent. Although these risks are relatively low, there is no question that they are there and that they need to be taken into consideration.
The Lifecycle of a Child
If you’re reading this, you’re probably already familiar with the risks associated with abortion or parenting. However, just to remind you, pregnancy involves a lot more than just having a child. There is also the mother’s health, the baby’s health, and the environment. Having an abortion robs a woman of an opportunity to grow and experience motherhood, which in turn harms both her and the child.
For instance, after having an abortion, a woman is often plagued by health problems that are associated with childbearing. One of the major issues that she might face is uterine fibroids, which are extremely common and sometimes lead to severe complications, including life-threatening bleeding. As a result of the procedure, the woman’s risk of developing uterine fibroids doubles and even triples. This is why it is so important to educate women about their bodies and their reproductive rights and ensure that they have the opportunity to make the right decision for themselves.
In addition to this, studies have shown that children whose mothers have had an abortion are more likely to have behavioral problems. This could include problems with sleeping or eating or going through phases where they want to play with toys or be held. The bottom line is that there are many reasons why having an abortion is not the right choice for a woman, including the effects that it has on her health and the health of her baby.
Although issues concerning reproductive rights can seem controversial, the reality is that this is just a basic human right that should be guaranteed to all women everywhere. After centuries of restricting women’s reproductive choices, it is clear that women in the United States and around the world deserve better. Since the mid-1800s, this country has provided a safe haven for those who seek refuge from religious extremists, and now it is time for the rest of the world to follow.