Home » General Health » Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland Looks at the Social Attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights

As a New York resident, Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland was proud to support the 2013 Women’s Equality Act. The ten point bill was designed to ensure that women would truly enjoy the same rights as men but one of the points was highly contested by politicians. The point that broke support was the bill that entitled women to the legal right to an abortion when her health was in danger but before it reached critical. Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland, like many women, does not believe it is fair or proper that male politicians vote on what the reproductive rights of women should be.

So why, in a country where women should be free and equal to men, are politicians delegating what a women can or cannot do with their bodies? Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland wants people to know there is more to women’s issues than reproductive rights, but it seems to be the issue most people focus on. So why has reproduction become a political issue? Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland explains that by minimizing the issue to abortion, women are delegated to a socially minimalistic role as a reproductive entity.

“The debate about whether or not abortion should be legal is a way of asserting authority and superiority of the politician and institutionalizing the sexual role of women,” says Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland. Even if they do not mean to do so, it reduces the power and value of women. Reproductive health is part of the overall healthcare issues women must consider, yet, the portion about abortion continues to arise.

“Nearly twenty states have limited access to abortion and they have even enacted new laws that try to make women feel guilty about their rights to abortion,” says Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland. One of the laws is one that mandates women hear the heartbeat of the fetus she wants to abort. Of course, the issue is larger than just abortions but why the abortions are needed.

There are a number of reasons women may want to terminate a pregnancy. Pregnancies may also pose health risks. If pregnancy may result in death, abortion may be considered yet even then politicians make it a difficult issue. Ireland only started to allow abortions recently when a woman, who knew she would die from her pregnancy, asked for an abortion but was denied because of religious reasons. She died. And yet in New York right now the same contricts exist that make a doctor a criminal if the woman Is not already in critical condition by which time it is often too late to save her life.

Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland supports abortion as a woman’s right and a woman’s choice. She marched with her daughter in Albany, New York in support of the 2013 Woman’s Equality Act. The social attack against abortion and women’s reproductive issues are socially driven with religious undertones but Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland asserts that the choice should be left in the hands of women.

For more on women and reproductive issues, Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland invites you to read more from sites such as:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/353125/good-abortions-bad-abortions-and-battle-honesty-and-charity-david-french
http://thefeministwire.com/2012/09/the-limits-of-reproductive-politics-defining-womens-issues-at-the-dnc/
http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/excerpt.asp?id=140

Published at: Recent Health Articleshttp://recenthealtharticles.org

Article Source