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Should women have the ability to choose whether or not to have an abortion?

As partisanship rises in our country, so does the fate of abortion. In this project, I will be interrogating the ethicality of abortions through a political lens. The mark I want to leave on my community as I leave high school is creating an environment where women are respected and given equal opportunities. I have tried to manifest this goal by taking leadership in many organizations to protect women from domestic/intimate violence, to create political opportunities, and to secure access to abortion services. As an avid volunteer with the organization Planned Parenthood, I am well aware of much of the opposition towards a woman’s access to reproductive care – especially given the alignments of the current presidential administration. Last spring, as I was signing up for this course, I was also horrified watching state after state ban and create hefty barriers to abortions. I began to think about the issue in a more complex manner than “a woman’s right to choose” but rather – political moves to restrict abortions only target and harm women from communities of color or low-income. While some women have the opportunity to travel or pay out of pocket for reproductive care, others don’t, which creates a discrepancy in opportunity for people based on their social status. Being forced to undergo a pregnancy means that women may be unable to work during a crucial 9-month period. For this reason, I preface with my biases towards the subject. However, enrolling in bioethics has enabled me to engage people with different beliefs than my own which I hope will culminate in a project that is able to educate as well as share my own beliefs. To create this balance, I created an educational presentation and a podcast where I share my own beliefs about the issue. 

PRESENTATION (linked below)

PODCAST (linked below)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Oam2rDV979vvTJxwrmV0-ytN709iRsvE – Podcast describing my personal stance on the matter based on its bioethical implications.

“If you don’t want one, don’t get one.”

Abortions in relation to personal autonomy

UN SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

To support the model of ethics I’ve proposed, I want to connect my project to a more widely-accepted theorization of morality (the UN Sustainable Development Goals). These goals were designed to create an equitable and sustainable future for everyone. First and foremost, by analyzing the gendered relationship to abortion, I attempt to remedy gender biases in reproductive care that abortion bans cause. Additionally, through an analysis of class/race, the project highlights the disparity in abortion access that causes a disenfranchisement of marginalized groups.

CONCLUSION

Through my project, I was able to learn more about the scientific aspects of the issue I was purely informed with on a political basis. Understanding the science has given me far more credence for the opposing side, as most biologists still remain in the gray-area. Additionally, I will be a better advocate knowing the strongest arguments of the opposing side as well as the true ethical undertones of the issue. Thank you for learning with me!

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