Our Bodies, Ourselves: Reproductive Rights
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Our Bodies, Ourselves: Reproductive Rights book
Young females who have always had access to effective contraception who have never witnessed the tragedies caused by illegal abortions have no first hand experience of the powerlessness and vulnerability to exploitation. In retrospect, it is evident that highlighting abortion rather than reproductive rights as a whole reflected the class biases of the women who were at the forefront of the movement. Later all the other reproductive issues that feminist thinkers called attention to were often ignored by mass media. The right of women to choose whether or not to have an abortion is only one aspect of reproductive freedom. As we seek to rekindle the flames of mass-based feminist movement reproductive rights will remain a central feminist agenda. In renewed feminist movement the overall issue of reproductive rights will take precedence over any single issue. Losing ground on the issue of legal, safe, inexpensive abortion means that women lose ground on all reproductive issues.