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Submitted by jnduggan on Thu, 12/06/2018 - 03:40

It is important to recognize the different definitions of reproductive autonomy and how constructs such as race, class, color, and gender affect it when analyzing abortion policies. Reproductive autonomy is a woman’s right to self-govern herself when it comes to childbearing and control of her own body. This can also include a woman’s autonomy in choosing whether to use abortion resources or not. This autonomy is often compromised when women are given little accessibility to abortion resources in the United States. Along with roadblocks to the access of reproductive health resources in the U.S., women are often thought of as unable to govern themselves properly and therefore should be expected to handover this control to legislators (Denbow, 2015).