Reproductive Issues are Essential Survival Issues for the Asian American Communities
April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Reproductive Issues are Essential Survival Issues for the Asian American Communities” by Connie Chan really opened my eyes to a new issue. I never incorporated Asians, or anyone who could not speak English as having a problem with birth control or abortions. Language barriers, racism, and sexism are huge problems all over the United States, but never did I once consider them a problem in getting an abortion or raising a family. Not only can lower class families not afford good health care, but they can not even understand the doctors or get cared for by doctors that they feel comfortable around. The health care system offers no counseling or information in the language that these patients speak, leaving them alone and confused in a very scary situation.
Even though I do not support abortion or think it is right, this essay offers me an understandable view of why some people choose to have this procedure. Most of these Asian families are married, have more than two kids, and can barely afford to live. One more mouth to feed would be impossible with their lack of income. Abortion can sometimes be the only way to survive and save the family that already exists. When choosing to give up a baby and end a life, these women need more than anything to have a doctor who can explain to them what is going on and to ask how they are feeling. Just like the author states, it is up to us to fight for the rights of the people who have no voice. It is especially up to bilingual citizens to help make the world more just.