According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of regulation is: “an authoritative rule dealing with details or procedure. So should the government regulate women’s health care? Absolutely.
Let me qualify my statement above. The government should absolutely regulate women’s health care when it comes to safety, affordability, and equality. What they shouldn’t be doing is regulating women’s bodies; There should be no laws designed to contain or control women’s bodies and their rights.
What is vital to understand is that there is a difference between putting regulations on health care and putting regulations on women. Establishing health regulations helps people. Set regulation checks on women and it probably harms people. Creating laws that control what a woman can do with her body affects EVERYONE… it affects the families of these women, it affects their loved ones, and it affects everyone who cares about each and every woman. .
While it should already come to people’s attention that half the population is being controlled by the government, some people may need an extra push. I want to draw the attention of my male readers that this affects you too. If the government tells the woman you got pregnant that she cannot have an abortion, she is also your baby; you are equally responsible for the conception of the child. What will you do if you’re not ready?
What if your mother became pregnant with another child, your brother, but to “control population growth” there is a restriction on the number of children she can have, this was a controversial regulation put in place in China, also known as the “a childish policy.” In Iran, public hospitals and clinics were blocked, preventing the dispersal of “contraceptives and performing vasectomies in an attempt to increase birth rates” (Population Matters Organization).
The problem of governments trying to control women’s bodies is not strictly an American problem, it is a global one. It is an epidemic that needs to be resolved because from now on it feels like we are going back in time, slowly losing equality and going back to a world where there was a legal social hierarchy and women were below men, destined to take what they have been given and stay in place. This is not a world that I want to live in and I have always been grateful that I was not born into a world like that, I have always thought that I was born in the best period of time so far because it is a time where people are able to express themselves openly . Let’s not go back to a world where this is not the case, let’s continue to be a free world and not one where we are chaining people.
An example of a “good” regulation would be the Affordable Care Act. While this law was not established just to help women, the idea is to make people more equal when it comes to access to health care. According to the Office on Women’s Health, under the ACA“women cannot be charged more simply because they are women, nor can they be denied health insurance coverage because of a woman’s pre-existing health condition” .
An example of a regulation that harms women is any kind of outright ban on abortion. Abortion in America is a controversial issue, but it’s important for people to understand that it doesn’t matter which side you’re on. Whether they think abortion is their right, or whether they think it’s wrong because of their religion, education, or personal beliefs, it doesn’t matter. The thing about America is that under the constitution, we have the right to have our own beliefs, but whether you like it or not, everyone else has that right too. So why should the government be allowed to take abortion away from women because the few who vote for it, which is a very biased and male-dominated group of voters, don’t think it’s “ethical”?
Every person should have the right to decide about their own body. A DHS student who wishes to remain anonymous said: “no pinion, no ‘pinion’”. While this particular sentiment may sound more vulgar than it needs to be, I think this student makes a good point. Why should men have a say in deciding what women can do with their reproductive systems?
My final statement is this: Do not take away other people’s freedoms that we have fought for centuries to obtain and keep. If it’s not about your body, you can have an argument, but it’s not about you, so you shouldn’t have a legal say. You are there to support women. Government is meant to protect and serve, so why has there ever been a thought to put restrictions on what people can do with their own bodies? We need to do better.
Read about a time Darien High School students stood up for something they believe in: