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Submitted by jnduggan on Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:48

Throughout the United States and world history, there have been many disputes over how much control government officials should have over reproductive bodies. Although women are said to have autonomy over their bodies, they are often thought of as unable to govern themselves properly and therefore should be expected to hand over this control to legislators. A specific disagreement that has been going on for decades now is the question of abortion rights and legality. Historically, even when abortions were made illegal, it did not necessarily decrease the rate in which women were getting them. Although Roe v. Wade made abortion nationally legal in 1973, hundreds of restrictive laws have been passed by states in efforts to make abortion as inaccessible as possible. There are many factors that influence a person’s access to abortion resources such as gender identity, culture, race, socioeconomic status, and religion, which most specifically stem from the political policies that are in place.