(Women skills and strategies on self-care for managing

(Women
are discriminated because they are not men. Bodies of women are objectified
because we live in a male-dominated society, which also limits our success. The
only way we can succeed in a male-dominated society is by giving in. According
to patriarchal beliefs, the fact that women can give birth serves as our
purpose in life.)

Planned
Parenthood, the world’s biggest provider of healthcare services will soon be
fully defunded by the government. This year in June, Vice President Mike Pence
said, “Later this summer when we repeal and replace Obamacare, we’re going to
defund Planned Parenthood once and for all,” at the Focus on the Family Gathering.
This stamen sparked a fire between pro-choice and pro-life believers. Pro-choice
believers view the right to an abortion is woman’s sovereignty right, whereas
pro-life believers see abortion as a murder of a fetus. I am a firm pro-choice
feminist because I believe women are equal and should be allowed to make their
own choices and decisions.

Therefore,
I decided to take part in a women’s march which was hosted by March on Colorado.
The event was held on October 28, from eight thirty in the morning to three
thirty in the afternoon. March on Colorado offered an incredible one-day summit
of local speakers, which left me motivated and inspired to be an advocate for
women. Some of the speakers that I liked were Nancy Harris, Halisi Vinson,
Morgan Carroll and Lucia Guzman and featured discussions on how to talk about
issues from a progressive perspective and caring for yourself in tough times.
By the end of the lectures, I had made new connections and learned new skills
and strategies on self-care for managing tough times as an advocate.

 

            Defunding Planned Parenthood will make it harder for
women across the nation to get abortions and it will also limit their access to
a wide range of health care services. Planned Parenthood provides healthcare
services to at least two million people across the United States, the vast
majority of people who live below federal poverty level. Planned Parenthood
does not provide abortions with federal funds, also, they provide health care
services at rural and medically underserved areas. Many women get birth
control, breast exams, and Pap tests through planned parenthood. These tests
have allowed doctors to detect cancer in women, which increases patient’s odds
of survival.

            With the government defunding planned parenthood health
care, unsafe abortions will take place at the cost of woman’s health.
Compulsory pregnancy will only take away safety and security of women because
they will have to get abortions under unsafe circumstances. There are two
different views on abortion. On one hand, pro-life believer views a fetus as a
person and abortion is murder, on the other hand, pro-choice views unborn fetus
as unconscious and without thoughts. I believe, defunding planned parenthood
makes the government pro-life by taking away the basic right from women, also,
they are diminishing women within society.

             In addition, the
summit provided me with deeper knowledge on translating activism into political
action. To turn my activism into a political action, I signed up with ACLU to
send a public message to the Department of Health and Human Services, “I’m
concerned that HHS’s new rules will take away insurance coverage of birth
control and allow employers to discriminate against women. Having no-cost birth
control coverage has been so important to me and others across the country. Our
access to care should not be restricted by our bosses’ religious beliefs.  I want to make sure HHS hears from me: please
protect this benefit. Our health and equality depend on it.”

The
Affordable Care Act contraceptive benefit was meant to guarantee contraceptive
coverage in insurance plans, but, Trumps new rule authorizes an employer to
deny its employees contraceptive coverage if it has a moral or religious
obligation, also, it allows universities to deny contraceptives to its
students. The new rule also suggests that programs like Title-X and Medicaid can
still be accessed by women for contraceptive, but, these programs have been
under constant attack from Congress and the White House. I believe, that this
new rule violates women’s right and discriminates in the name of religion.
Furthermore, I sent out emails requesting my friends to support the cause as well.