No right to privacy: Rethinking reproductive rights in the United States during the 20 th century
Miosi, Michelle Elyse
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This thesis explores citizenship and reproductive rights. Currently, as reproductive rights are inscribed into law under the right to privacy, this not does provide a strong enough legal foundation to guarantee or protect women's reproductive rights. Two cases of abortion and sterilization will highlight the ways in which women's reproductive rights in direct correlation with their citizenship. Arguing that the right to privacy is not a sufficient framework for discussing reproductive rights, I propose that bodily integrity is a better framework in which to think of reproductive rights. Reproductive rights are central to citizenship, and if these rights are weak and unstable, women's citizenship is compromised.