Reproductive rights are one of the fundamental human rights and is taken as the right to have proper control over one’s reproduction, this includes if, when, and how many children you can have.
Reproductive rights also include the right to access healthcare such as sexual education, consent discussions, as well as the right to be free from sexual violence and coercion.
The only opportunity to have a full life and being who you are is through reproductive rights. Regardless of your gender, making a decision is an essential part of who you are and your chance to live life to the fullest shouldn’t be governed by anyone but you.
Putting restrictions on reproductive rights could only set a risky practice concerning the general freedom of the world population and whether we like it or not we must start talking about our reproductive right before it’s too late. Because only by doing this we can help turn the flow for a more just, sustainable world.
We are already on the sixth mass extinction event.
It is evident that we are already on the sixth mass extinction event where plants and animals are going extinct at a faster rate since dinosaurs rambled the Earth.
But, the scenario is quite different this time, the reason for the extinction isn’t cosmic or geological but human.
We have one of the life’s most basic element which is education but when we are given the chance to choose if and when to have children, we often choose smaller families, which many believe it is the healthiest not only for mothers but for children and the planet.
Reproductive health and the Millennium Development Goals
Since the right to access health care is also an integral part of reproductive rights, we must accept the fact that reproductive health is of great importance to the development and it has been recognized at the highest level.
For over a decade, leaders acknowledged that without standard universal access to reproductive health it is never possible to realize the Millennium Development Goals and not only that it will also be difficult to get rid of extreme poverty, and improve children’s and women’s health, not to talk of promoting gender equality, and ending HIV as well as ensuring environmental sustainability.
To Build Momentum
We must come up with a strategy to eradicate the number of maternal, newborn and under-five child death in developing countries.
To save more lives and ensure the highest return on investment we must initiate a means to integrate HIV and sexual and reproductive health, rights and services within the broader context of strengthening health systems.
Empowerment and equality through reproductive rights
It is a great thing that the provision of sexual and reproductive health information is empowering in on itself. And the only way to remove the folklores and delusion surrounding the disputes of sexuality and reproduction is through reproductive health information.
Honest and realistic information is the key to this dispute; it gives rooms to the individual that has not only the basic knowledge but fundamental knowledge that is very useful, pertinent and powerful. It also reduces illiteracy, humiliation, anxiety, and improves our ability, as human beings, to participate in mindful, cognisant, healthy behavior and relationships with each other.
Reproductive Rights and Open Society
Women and girls need to be empowered so they can be their own best advocates.
Out there, there are so many places where women cannot make decisions concerning their reproductive health.
The decision of whether a woman should or should not have children is mostly governed by authorities. They are not given the chance to decide which path their life will take. They are often seeing as either too young, too irresponsible, too hopeless, too indolent, or too poor to decide for themselves.
It is only when women control their reproductive destiny that they will be able to pull apart the idea that their gender only exists to care for others.
Women must be given the privilege to lead their lives as they wish. That is; going to school. Pursuing a career. Staying at home. Raising a family. And not having a child or having a number of their choosing.
But this can only be realized when reproductive rights are seeing as human rights and not just side-lined to the margins of the movement.