Essay 65: The Language Barrier
April 27, 2012 § 2 Comments
Connie Chan brings up an important issue in her essay on reproductive issues. She focuses on the plight of Asian-American women specifically, bring up issues that relate to the availability of abortion information to Asian women who may not be as well-versed in English as their health care providers are. It shows the woman who is scared and faced with the extremely loud activism of those who are pro-life, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but doesn’t allow the women to have some sort of understanding of what it is that they are being projected at in terms of the angry mob’s wrath.
But Chen’s essay brings up more than just the Asian-American woman’s infringement of rights. The language barrier that exists within the United States when it comes to medical attention spreads beyond one particular language. Already in the United States exists the barrier between women and their access to reproductive rights; the addition of a language barrier merely intensifies the problems that are being faced by these women.