Title

How Social Factors Limit American Access to Abortion

Presenter Information

Cheyenne Weishaar

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Theatre

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Abortion, Reproductive Health, Women's Health

Abstract

Female reproductive health care, primarily access to contraceptives and abortions, has been a hot topic for the past few years, and will continue to be an important issue that needs to be addressed in the United States. Though abortion has been legal since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision forty-two years ago, access to legal and safe abortions is not widespread in all states. This presentation will utilize secondary research to explore the social and cultural structures that prevent women from obtaining abortions and will analyze cultural beliefs including religious views, and the moral beliefs surrounding the fetus, that may inhibit some women from obtaining abortions. I will also consider legislation, how it may be related to religious and moral issues, and how these can affect access to reproductive health care as well as the roles education and socioeconomic status play in women’s access to abortion. My presentation will demonstrate that abortions are not equally accessible to all women in the United States, and that social factors do limit the accessibility of this procedure.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Judith Hennessy, Dominic Klyve, Anne Cubilié

Department/Program

Biological Sciences

Additional Mentoring Department

Sociology

Additional Mentoring Department

Mathematics

Additional Mentoring Department

Women's and Gender Studies, Douglas Honors College

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How Social Factors Limit American Access to Abortion

SURC Theatre

Female reproductive health care, primarily access to contraceptives and abortions, has been a hot topic for the past few years, and will continue to be an important issue that needs to be addressed in the United States. Though abortion has been legal since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision forty-two years ago, access to legal and safe abortions is not widespread in all states. This presentation will utilize secondary research to explore the social and cultural structures that prevent women from obtaining abortions and will analyze cultural beliefs including religious views, and the moral beliefs surrounding the fetus, that may inhibit some women from obtaining abortions. I will also consider legislation, how it may be related to religious and moral issues, and how these can affect access to reproductive health care as well as the roles education and socioeconomic status play in women’s access to abortion. My presentation will demonstrate that abortions are not equally accessible to all women in the United States, and that social factors do limit the accessibility of this procedure.