Women around the world have always found a way to try to control their reproduction. They will use any means they can to do this, even if it means risking their lives. I belive that education and accessibility are key to stopping this. Women either do not have reproductive rights or are un-knowledgeable on their rights. Not only do women need complete freedom and control when it comes to their reproduction but they also need education.
As you can see in the following news clip from ABC’s Channel 7 and their discussion with National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), knowledge is key to safety. The women being discussed in the this video are using drugs that are not made for abortions in order to induce a miscarriage. This is taking place in the USA where abortion is legal in some states.
This video is from 2009 and sadly I would say that these problems still exist. We all remember images of coat hangers during protests in Canada and the USA during R v Morgentaler and Roe v Wade. These images are still part of todays society. If abortion is not accessible women will use drugs, alcohol, being punched in the stomach, and even coat hangers to stop pregnancy. If women are to be safe and healthy they need reproductive rights.
If women are given access to reproductive technology and are educated on their reproductive rights they will no longer have to resort to these drastic measures. Women will always try to get abortion whether they are inaccessible and illegal, or legal, free and accessible. If women (and men) are properly educated and given the rights they deserve abortions will decrease. If women know they can have birth control, how to use it, and especially if it is free then there will be less unwanted pregnancies to be terminated. If abortion is accessible and free then women will no longer have to go to these drastic measures.