April 26, 2012 § 2 Comments
Essay 34 was an eye-opener for me. I was unaware of the different methods that were used on the fertility of black American women. It is hard for me to see how slavery women were encouraged to have children, since this meant more workers. And then for it to just switch once slavery was abolished. These are children that were being dealt with. It wasn’t just some worker, but innocent lives that were being brought into this world with an agenda. I was definitely unaware of the practices that were pushed on African American women from long-term contraceptive, Norplant, and family caps. Also the involuntary sterilization of the “undesirables”. To take control of another human being’s body, I cannot wrap my mind around. These incidents were not that long ago. I truly hope that our country continues to move in the right direction. A women should have control and say of her own body. The only time when I think another person can step in is when a child is in danger or the mother could be hurting herself. If a woman cannot afford or physically take care of her children, she should be given the help and options of contraceptives to not worsen the situation. But it is still her decision. We can help and give her the knowledge and tools she needs, but when I comes down to it it is still her body and she should have say in what to do to it.