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Global and International Studies
For many women around the world, pregnancy is a miraculous, exciting stage in life. But for others pregnancy means financial burden, having to stay in an abusive relationship, or giving up a career. What many people forget is that motherhood is not the default position for women. As a result of the traditional views of acceptable roles regarding women, in most, if not all cultures, there is a stigma placed on family planning and abortion. To talk about contraceptive use is to admit that sex is a natural part of life for all genders. Many cultures are not prepared to admit such a thing. Instead, sexuality is placed in a narrow box and people are told mold themselves accordingly. My hypothesis is that access to contraceptives, abortion and family planning education can drastically improve the quality of life on a global scale for people of all genders and sexualities. Reproductive health is the foundation upon which healthy lives are built. When children are planned and wanted, a society can thrive. In my thesis, I will explore the possible effects of reproductive choice as an antidote to many of the issues facing the world, including social, environmental, and economic implications.
Hanes, Linda, "The Birth of Development: The Social, Economic and Environmental Advantages to Contraceptive Use on a Global Scale" (2016). Honors Theses. 2684.
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