'In the eyes of some we are mere birthing machines and caregivers'

As woman, taking control of one's body signals the right to decide how you exercise your reproductive rights, says Joanne Joseph.

Commemorating International Day of Action for Women’s Health Joanne looks at how the denigration of women in society has also led to the continued violation of their sexual and reproductive health and rights

She says women's bodies have not been thought of as spaces that belong to them, nor have they been taught that they are allowed to govern their bodies.

Many who are anti-choice believe foetal rights are ignored and comprised by our Constitution. In this vein, some doctors and nurses choose to be conscientious objectors who the law allows to decline to perform an abortion based on their personal beliefs.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

For centuries across patriarchal cultures, women have been assigned to particular roles. We are the site where men's sometimes depraved desires have played out. We are foetal incubators, in the eyes of some women are mere caregivers...

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

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Our bodies have traditionally not been thought of as spaces that belong to us, nor have we been taught that we have been allowed to govern our bodies although we inhabit them.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

Taking control of our bodies as women also signals the right to decide how we exercise our reproductive rights including the controversial issue of abortion.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

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