Essay about Abortion And The Rights Of Women

1581 Words Jan 8th, 2016 7 Pages
In today 's society there is a varied view over the rights that women are entitled to as well as the right to marriage equality. In the May 25, 2015 edition of the New Yorker, Harvard history professor and author, Jill Lepore writes "To Have and to Hold" (34-39). Lepore discussed these issues that have become extremely controversial and have, recently, caused many problems. This is due to the fact that many citizens have held these rights withheld from them, and in multiple cases it has proven detrimental to health of many.
The ideas that a woman has a right to decide what she does with her body has always been monumentally controversial. In many cases there are arguments over how the use of contraceptives or abortion is constitutional. Since the constitution was made hundreds of years ago by a male dominant society, women have had limited ability to make decisions regarding their own bodies. In 1706, Mary Astell wondered why “if all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?” Throughout history, establishments and women themselves, are sued for doing what they wish with their bodies or allowing women to do so. Though, pregnant women have the right to decide what to do regarding their pregnancy, noting the possible detriments to not only their health, but to their babies. Recently, this has become a more widely discussed issue, the fight for a women 's right to abortion and contraceptives has lost a great deal of respect while the fight for marriage…

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