University of Kentucky

Poster Title

Reversing Complacency

Institution

University of Kentucky

Abstract

This project is a compilation of the complex issues surrounding abortion in today's society, especially in the lives of individuals younger than thirty years of age. This generation has demonstrated a general lack of interest and a position of apathy with regard to controversial political issues at the very time in their lives when these issues are most pertinent. In addition to investigating the sense of political complacency exhibited by young people today, this project also seeks to investigate the marketing techniques utilized by both the pro-choice and anti-choice movements. The urgent need for action from the pro-choice side is more critical than ever before, and it is essential that prochoice activists mobilize the younger generations for multiple reasons; among them that these women need to carry the movement, as well as become involved with issues that affect their own bodies. I argue that by reframing abortion as healthcare, our society will be able to remove the religious and moral overtones shadowing abortion, and instead approach the issue from a rational, medical model. This approach also emphasizes the importance of responsibility within abortion decisions, both the responsibility of the mother to the child, and more importantly, the responsibility society has to the mother.

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Reversing Complacency

This project is a compilation of the complex issues surrounding abortion in today's society, especially in the lives of individuals younger than thirty years of age. This generation has demonstrated a general lack of interest and a position of apathy with regard to controversial political issues at the very time in their lives when these issues are most pertinent. In addition to investigating the sense of political complacency exhibited by young people today, this project also seeks to investigate the marketing techniques utilized by both the pro-choice and anti-choice movements. The urgent need for action from the pro-choice side is more critical than ever before, and it is essential that prochoice activists mobilize the younger generations for multiple reasons; among them that these women need to carry the movement, as well as become involved with issues that affect their own bodies. I argue that by reframing abortion as healthcare, our society will be able to remove the religious and moral overtones shadowing abortion, and instead approach the issue from a rational, medical model. This approach also emphasizes the importance of responsibility within abortion decisions, both the responsibility of the mother to the child, and more importantly, the responsibility society has to the mother.