The Coat Hanger Project, which came out in 2008, is a documentary film by Angie Young. In this film, Young aspires to teach her audiences about abortion rights and reproduction justice. The Coat Hanger Project describes how a large number of women tried to dislodge their pregnancies by inserting coat hangers, knitting needles, and other elongated objects in their uterus. Some of these women also tried to self-abort their child by throwing themselves down the stairs. The documentary shows that after the Roe vs. Wade court case of 1973 “anti-choice forces have been making it their decision to dismantle women’s reproductive freedom.”2 Despite all the gains in this movement, many people in the world still hate the idea of women having control of their own lives. When the society or government deny women access to abortion, it forces them to carry a fetus to a term that they do not want, or they try to end the pregnancy to themselves or with the help of an underground provider. This underground provider may or may not know what they are doing, which can lead to the death of the child as well as the mother. The Coat Hanger Project enlightens us on the pro-choice movement and provides us an idea as to why bearing a child should be a choice, not an obligation.
People that are pro-life believe that life begins at conception, which is certainly not true. It is believed that when a child is in the womb, it is still part of its mother, not an individual, which gives the mother the complete right to abort it whenever she wants. A fetus cannot survive without the amniotic fluid in the womb until it is 25 or 26 weeks, so until that time, the fetus is still a part of its mother. “There is no scientific consensus as to when human life begins. It is a matter of philosophic opinion or religious belief. Human life is a continuum---sperm and eggs are also alive, and represent potential human beings, but virtually all sperm and eggs are wasted. Also, two-thirds of human conceptions are spontaneously aborted by nature.”3 Legally, a fetus is not considered alive until it is viable.
There are many religious people believe abortion is immoral. They don’t understand that taking away the rights of a woman is also immoral. If it is because of religion, it should be clear that America was founded by people who were escaping religious oppression. A woman should not be forced to do what she doesn’t want to. According to all religions, women and men are supposed to be equal. God gave us freedom of choice and if He, as a God, gives all of us this freedom, what right does anyone have to take it away from women?
It is obvious that abortion is not an easy choice to make and the women who are unexpectedly...