The Increased Control Of Women ' S Bodies Through Reproductive Health Care Regulation

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THE INCREASED BIOPOLITICAL CONTROL OF WOMEN’S BODIES THROUGH REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE REGULATION; AN INTERSECTIONAL ANALYSIS.
Recently proposed laws that enact abortion and reproductive health care regulation have been marked as safety precautions in order to protect the health of women. However, these laws do not consider which groups are most often impacted by their enactment, and what the consequences of said enactment may be. If clinics in low income neighborhoods cannot meet requirements set by new laws, they shut down. This leaves vulnerable populations such as low income and minority women in a position where they cannot access reproductive health care, while increasing the amount of biopolitical control the government has on these women. My project focuses on three main points: 1. Who does increased reproductive health care regulation really affect? 2. How do intersectional identities relate to the impacts of said regulation (for example, middle class vs. lower class Latina women, documented vs. undocumented women)? 3. How does education combine with these laws in order to create a health care disparity? This project builds on a previous project in which I looked at sex education in the state of Texas. The project found that lack of education lead to greater STD and pregnancy rates. Furthermore, women had higher rates of STD infection and more serious consequences resulting from infection. My previous research with STDs and sex education suggests that teens…

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