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Facts Of The Day! #Reproductive Rights Edition #ReproJustice

What are Reproductive Rights?

 The rights of individuals to decide whether to reproduce and have reproductive health. This may include an individual's right to plan a family, terminate a pregnancy, use contraceptives, learn about sex education in public schools, and gain access to reproductive health services.

Did You Know?

The first Contraceptive was introduced to the American Market in 1960, women could decide when or even if they wanted to have children. They had the freedom of choice, many States, organizations and religious groups opposed--"bans and all."  In 1974, a judge imparted the right to purchase contraceptives to unmarried minors.  The fight for reproductive rights goes back further than the 1960s, the right for a woman to choose what she wants and who she wants to be.

Did you Know?

In 1993, the Freedom of Choice Act was enacted, it was meant to protect the reproductive rights of women, and for other purposes. An act that came 20 years after the Roe v. Wade decision. Congress believed women had the Freedom To Choose: States were prohibited from restricting ---"a woman to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy before fetal viability purposes". But there were stipulations or loopholes--ways for States to get around the law i.e creating their own requirements [requirements on the performance of abortion procedures if such requirements are medically necessary to protect the health of women undergoing such procedures] which is why we've seen abortion clinics close and often times, because of the lack of access and education; individuals are unaware of their rights or even where to turn to for assistance.

Like anything that deals with Women's Health, a woman's reproductive health/right is considered a controversial/taboo topic. Even before this election, the fight for reproductive rights: right to access, sexual and women's health, and freedom to make your own choice has been one of those issues societies either oppose or embrace.

From getting access to proper birth control methods in India, access to medical facilities in the United States, and even access to safe abortion pills in Poland; the issue of reproductive health is something many women HAVE to worry about.  After the elections, there was an increase in contraceptive use, doctors visit, IUD usage and more; many feared about the new administration stance on ALL Reproductive Issues. Just like the organizations, individuals, and legislations before, both sides continue to fight their version of Reproductive Rights.

Which leads us to December 2016: One of the more common reproductive rights issues is abortion---pro choice or pro life ---In just two weeks, laws, defunding, suing, and many others: Here are just a couple of things that happened 

 Reading the news, keeping up with new legislations, and organizations, and trying to understand both sides, you realize this isn't a clear cut issue. Someone once asked me, "are you pro-life or pro-choice" my answer is simple: I'm Pro-Women's health, everyone should have a right to choose, have access to all forms help/factual information, no one should enforce or coerce another, your health comes first, and at the end of the day, you have to do what's best for you---no one should hate or try to harm you for that. 

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