advocated for women rights in their entirety. For instance, it advocated for divorce rights, equality at the workplace and overall woman empowerment, unlike the birth control movement that primarily aimed at managing family sizes. Furthermore, when women needed freedom to exercise liberty in childbearing they equally wanted respect and recognition that came with motherhood. Again, women needed freedom to have male sexual tyranny just as they needed freedom to get pregnant. With regards to this, complete abstinence as a form of birth control particularly to married women was unworkable as it would only destroy the marriage institutions (Fuller, M., 2012). Another view related to these reproductive control methods was that they were largely hormonal based and thus; it was anticipated that they would have adverse effects on the users.
VIEWS ON WOMEN REPRODUCTIVE SOLUTIONS 10 Despite all these developments, laws over women’s reproductive organs are still being restricted. Furthermore, women’s access to contraceptives and the right to abortion are still being protested, which implies that women have not yet voiced their grievances to their entirety. However, they are still trying to have a voice over the choices of their own bodies. Presently, women in the western world are able to make their own decisions in contraceptives, abortion, and family planning (Stark, B. 2011). To be noted is that there are multiple contraceptives available at family planning institutions and at family doctors office. There are also emergency contraceptives that are of great help to rape victims and other sexually assaulted women; although just as any other, contraceptive they have associated consequences. The implication of the many available birth controls is that women are able to plan their families or rather give birth to a manageable number of children, hence, better standards of living (Fuller, M., 2012). As a result, women have gained a better societal place out of the patriarchy place that they were restricted to in the traditional era. Also the ability of women to control their family size has given them an opportunity to explore other dimensions of life, which has further boosted their self esteem and self efficacy. In conclusion, before the 1900’s women had no rights and then their sole purpose in life was to bear children and to appease their husbands. As time passed women evolved and by the end of the nineteenth century the societal perception had changed so that they were seen as able women that made decisions on their own. This was a massive developmental change that was previously obsolete. The nineteenth century was characterized by significant developments particularly on women reproductive solutions that enabled them not only to have manageable choices on family size, gain a sense of self-esteem and independence. However, the many solutions to women’s reproductive control as discussed in this paper attracted diverse views from
VIEWS ON WOMEN REPRODUCTIVE SOLUTIONS 11 society with feelings that women were avoiding the responsibilities bestowed on them by nature.
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