Access to comprehensive and equitable sexual and reproductive health care is an ever-growing subject of discussion, especially in countries such as the U.S. where this right is constantly threatened by factors including, but not limited to, social, political, and economic status. Studies show that comprehensive sex education and services, such as contraception, STD prevention and treatment, pregnancy care, including abortion, encourage healthy adolescent development and have well-documented positive effects on societies world-wide. Unfortunately, too many people in the U.S. encounter unnecessary barriers to the sexual health information and services they need to be healthy and make safe decisions regarding their bodies. This disparity disproportionately impacts some people more than others with young adults, people in historically disenfranchised and underserved communities and those with lower socioeconomic status carrying the burden of inequity. In this paper, I explore the history of sexual and reproductive health rights while highlighting the challenges college-aged women face when trying to access services starting on our own college campus.
"One Step Forward, Three Steps Back,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2022, Article 8.
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