Attacks on the Poor Uterus

Attacks On The Poor Uterus

Shameka Parrish-Wright

Final Paper

May 24, 2010

BHS302-Introduction To Human Services

Anie Skylar

      Two healthy 25-year-old women walk into a clinic. Both have two children and are interested in birth control. They see the same gynecologist but are offered two types of birth control. The woman of color is offered sterilization and her white counterpart is offered temporary birth control. This hypothetical story isn’t a valid case for forced sterilization, but it clearly underlines a difference in treatment regarding reproduction. Poor, physically disabled, incarcerated or mentally challenged women are often given little choices for contraception and forced to prevent pregnancy permanently.

      The idea of contraception was developed to help prevent pregnancy in the beginning but expanded to eugenics or population control. The male condom was developed out of all sorts of materials that include animal intestines and dates back to 1562. The birth control pill is 59, yet the idea of birth control dates back to Egyptian times. According to, forms of contraception include:

        • Abstinence –refraining from any sexual contact or penetration

        • Fertility Awareness Method-natural family planning using tools like and ovulation calendar and hormone test

        • Barriers –designed to prevent male sperm contact with female egg or cell. Can come in many forms like condoms, sponges and foams.

        • Hormonal Methods-birth control pills, shots and implants by medical professionals

        •   Withdrawal-removal of erect penis before ejaculation

        • Sterilization-surgical closing, removal or tubal ligation of male or female tubes that carry sperm and eggs to penis and uterus.

      Medical dictionaries describe the uterus as a pear shaped organ in human females responsible for child birth or reproduction. Uteruses have populated this Earth, yet remain under...