​The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."   This amendment guarantees that a person's body should never be violated, that they should be able to feel that their body is their own and that only THEY control it.  This would mean, not only that a person should never be forced to have medical care that they don't want, but medical care they DO want should never be withheld from them. This rule applies irrespective of age or gender.  


This means women and girls have the right to control when and if they conceive and give birth to a baby.  As a result, contraception and abortion services should be available to all women and girls, whether or not they have the ability to pay for these services for themselves.  Women should also have the right to give birth in any setting they choose:  hospital, birthing center, or home, and have the caregiver of their choice (doctor, midwife or unassisted).  


Additionally,  the right to be secure in your person would prohibit a person from being forced to vaccinate themselves or their children with immunizations if they feel those immunizations pose a danger to their health or well-being. 


Reproductive rights also extend to women who might be charged with murder for miscarrying a child.  In many countries outside the U.S., such as El Salvador, women who miscarry can be charged with trying to induce abortion simply because they miscarried.  There are currently 15 women in prison in El Salvador for this very thing.  Sadly, if many conservative evangelical fundamentalists in this country had their way, the same thing would be happening here. 


These rights exists irrespective of one's religious beliefs.  See When Does Life Begin, and Does it Matter?


Visit the Center for Reproductive Rights to keep abreast of current events that impact reproductive freedom. 

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