Abortion rights is vital for gender equality

Abortion rights is vital for gender equality

Category : My Abortion Story

By Michael Okun Oliech

No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or not be a mother. –  Margaret Sanger founder of Planned Parenthood.

Abortion rights is vital for gender equality. Women need free access to safe abortion services in order to achieve full political, social and economic equality with men and achieve their full potential.

Women need the full right over their bodies just like men. Without this right, they don’t have the moral status as men. Men don’t get pregnant and are not restricted when it comes to what to do with their bodies and the right to choose whether to have children or not. If women have the right to choose, we can achieve equality with men.

The right to control one’s own body is a key moral right that everyone is entitled to and women can achieve this if they are entitled to end an unintended pregnancy if they wish to do so. That is freedom.

A woman has the moral right to decide what she can and can’t do with her body, whether a foetus which is part of her body remains in her body and the right to end the pregnancy she is carrying.

Enabling women have access to safe abortion rights not only protect their rights to bodily integrity and autonomy but will enable millions of women participate fully and equal in society.


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