Feminism: Sabotaged Birth Control

[Content Note: Forced Reproduction, Partner Violence]
[NB: Not only women need reproductive rights.]

Via Kat Stoeffel at NY Magazine:
Surveying 641 women who received routine ob-gyn care at Providence’s Women and Infants Hospital, Clark found that 16 percent had received unwelcome pressure to get pregnant. Their boyfriends and partners made it hard for them to use birth control — poking holes in condoms or hiding their pills — or threatened to leave or harm them if they didn’t get pregnant.

I think it's important to note that individual pressure on women by their partners to reproduce against their will is not occurring in a vacuum from social pressure on women as a group to reproduce against their will nor from the corporate pressure on women as employees to reproduce against their will nor from religious pressure on women as congregants to reproduce against their will.

These things are linked, and they need to be addressed on a system-wide level, not just on a case-by-case basis.


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