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Feminists believe that women should have equal rights within the family. Women were liberated by men and believed that they were there to look after the male, who was the breadwinner of the family, cook, clean and take care of the children. There has been active feminist since the 1700s however it wasn’t until recent times that’s changes have been made for women. This is due to some laws changing and the norm no longer occurring. Women have a lot more rights now than they did one hundred years ago. This due to active feminists taking a stand. For example, Margaret Sanger was an active feminist who fought for the right for women to have birth control. She first worked as a nurse and witnessed the health hazards of unwanted pregnancy and fought for fifty years. Through her crusade she was arrested numerous times for obscenity. Through her success she became the founder of the Planned Parenthood Federation. It wasn’t until 1967, one year after Sanger passed away, The Family Planning Act 1967 was introduced.  The Family Planning Act 1967 made contraception readily made available through the NHS. The act was introduced by Edwin Brooks MP who noticed a social problem of where families on a low income were unable to afford contraception, thus creating more family members. The same year The Abortion Act 1967 was also introduced. This legislated that abortion could take place if there was a risk of health to the mother or unborn child. Women were able to take control of their own fertility for the first time ever.  With these law changes feminists view on the family changed. Some were in favour of these laws because it gave the right for women to make their own decisions on their own fertility. With this they now had the ability to approach careers and relationships with confidence. They were not vulnerable to unplanned pregnancy would could derail their ambitions. Feminist argued that The Abortion Act 1967 gave women gender equality within the family and argued that women have the right to decide what she can and can’t do with her body. However, some feminists have also argued that the killing of an unborn child is not acceptable and that they were given as a gift from god.  Sarah Weddington quoted “A pregnancy to a woman is perhaps one of the most determinative aspects of her life. It disrupts her body. It disrupts her education. It disrupts her employment. And it often disrupts her entire family life.” (Weddington, S. (1970, March)  In conclusion it has shown that the number of abortions is still high in recent decades however it is beginning to decline. The Family Planning Act has obviously had an impact on these numbers. As well as infant mortality and the number of children per women falling lower than ever. I believe that this was due to them two acts alone. If women didn’t have the right of their own fertility then families would have continued to grow, even though they may not have been financially secure to, mortality rates would still be high due to babies with defects or mothers who may not have been physically able to bear the child. These theories have proved that laws have changed and the views on families by feminist have been affected. The role within the family for the women has changed dramatically. Before women were liberated by men and had no equal rights. With the changes of these laws they now have equal rights within the family and can make more decisions regarding their career, family life, reproduction and the role of the family. Men are no longer the breadwinner of the family and women can have the same career if they wish.  

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