As a woman, I enjoy the freedom of choosing what to do and what not to do with my body. This is why I completely support Hawkins’ ecofeminist account on abortion. Hawkins says in the article, “Reproductive Choices: The Ecological Dimension”, that abortion is not often linked to the environment, but that in fact abortion has a great impact on population control. Hawkins’ explanation is that we are overpopulated and that we keep harming nature, our animals for example. As we discussed in the previous week, we harm animals by consuming them and putting them through torture. Hawkins says that abortion helps to reduce this problem and that even though we are growing too fast, there have been millions of abortions done throughout the years, which has slowed down population growth. Therefore, abortion is a good method and women should be allowed to do it not only because it’s our body, but because it has a direct positive impact on our environment.
Hawkins also challenges the meaning of “prolife” by saying that the “prochoice” position is more deserving of the adjective “prolife” because when we take into consideration all the positive effects of abortion on the environment, we see that abortion is a way of living better lives by being less crowded and saving our natural resources. Hawkins also says that some people argue that by having an abortion, we are disconnecting ourselves from our nature. His response to this is that part of our nature as humans is having autonomy, which means that we get to make our own decisions based on what’s more beneficial for us and for others, including reproduction. So far, the topic of abortion has been the most obvious comparison between women and nature, and I say this because there have been topics that I really had to take my time to understand the relationship between the specific topic and women and nature. However, abortion is so closely related to women and nature because pregnancy comes from our human nature and us women have the privilege of giving life. But, when we decide that we don’t want to give life, we are labeled as murderers and as being “disconnected from our own nature”. Part of our nature is doing what it takes to survive, and abortion can be considered a survival method if we look at it from an environmental perspective.
One of the most problematic environmental issues right now is the disposal of wastes. Tons of trash is disposed in the river and sea waters, which not only dirties our planet, but also puts our species in danger. Another negative effect of waste disposal is the “adverse impact on health, infant mortality and the birth rate” (Your Article Library). This problem is often caused by industrialization and urbanization. Urban areas are often crowded, so abortions can help reduce this problem by controlling the number of people in the world. Less people means less trash and less trash means less deaths for both humans and non-human animals.
5 Major Environmental Problems– Discussed! (2014, March 25). Retrieved from http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/environment/5-major-environmental-problems-discussed/31434
This article discusses five different environmental problems, one of them being the disposal of wastes. The other four problems discussed were ozone depletion (global warming), desertification, deforestation, and the loss of biodiversity. For each of them, the article explains what it is and how it is affecting the earth. The article also gives examples of everyday living that negatively affects the environment.