Reproductive health care should be more accessible for SU students


New abortion in Texas law went down in history last month as one of the most restrictive measures in the United States in decades to restrict access to abortion. The new law does not Exceptions B. in cases of rape or incest, while at the same time abortions due to health problems are limited. Many people are wondering what the impact of this regulation will be and what it will mean for the people of the United States, including Syracuse University.

According to Centers for Disaster Control and PreventionIn 2018, 57.7% of abortions were attributable to women in their twenties.

Although Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced a plan to protect and validate reproductive rights in New York state, requiring students to have access to reproductive health services on the SU campus – especially under a law that actively hinders reproductive rights.

League newcomer Natalie Robinson is from Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a contract law in 2019 the ban on abortions after detection of a heartbeat. This settlement caused fear among Robinson and others.

“One of the reasons I chose to come to Syracuse was the continued regulation of reproductive rights in Georgia,” said Robinson. “I thought if something bad happened, I had no options. If something tragic had happened, like rape, I would have nowhere to go. I just had to go through it. “

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College students seek the resources to make informed and safe decisions about their reproductive health. This increases the need not only for safe access to abortion for students, but also for other reproductive health resources. Access to contraception, pregnancy testing and counseling, testing, resources for transgender and gender non-conforming students, and other additional health services should be made more accessible to SU students and across the country.

The Barnes Center at The Arch is the central health and wellness center of the SU. It is the best place for SU students to get health treatment, referrals, prescriptions, and mental health resources.

According to his Website, The Barnes Center at The Arch offers several reproductive health services such as:

While these services are useful, some students question their accessibility and feel that they are not being promoted enough. “I haven’t heard of finding gynecologists or reproductive health services on campus. These are resources that I would like to see published. Let us know it’s available. Tell us where we can find them, if they’re even there, ”said Robinson.

Third-year student Alexandra Grypinich also questions the availability of these important resources: “I don’t know much about women’s health on campus. As a third grader, I probably should have heard more about this by now, ”she said.

It is important that the rhetoric of reproductive health is less evocative and more open and positive. One way to do this is through advertising. Grypinich suggested a marketing tactic similar to the Sexual Health Care Ordering System known as Safer Sex Express Barnes Center initiative.

Other than not presenting resources, the services listed by the Barnes Center are not comparable to clinics in the SU area. Clinics like this Syracuse Family Planning cover additional ground and provide menstrual support, testing and treatment for urinary tract infections, Pap tests, fibroid assessment, breast exams, colposcopy and routine exams for people aged 21 and over more. These resources are also made extremely transparent through its website.

It is also crucial to cover all those affected by reproductive health problems. Rebecca Lambert, a professor of women and gender studies at the League, shared the importance of having a conversation that focuses primarily on women and their needs.

“When discussing what to include in women’s health care, there are often certain populations that are overlooked, such as transgender students, gender nonconforming students, and non-binary students. There are many different needs that have evolved into what’s lumped together under the umbrella of what we’re talking about, ”Lambert said.

When comprehensive reproductive services are available and accessible to every student, it can have a profound impact on a student’s well-being. It can also have a positive impact on the League community.

“(Accessible reproductive health care) allows them to focus on their education. With the services available to help them when needed, they can continue doing things like going to class and continuing with their homework. This helps prevent health care from becoming a barrier, ”Lambert said.

University reproductive health care encompasses a wide range of services and resources that are essential to the daily lives of students. Students deserve to have their needs fully met and without community judgment. The US should carefully present reproductive health resources in a transparent manner. The university should highlight its existing services to end the lingering stigma and create positive connotations around the discussion of reproductive health.

Expanding the reproductive health services available to meet the diverse needs of each student will have a remarkable impact. By creating a narrative focused on inclusion, empowerment, and education, promoting accessible reproductive health services allows students to make the most of their time on campus without worrying about accessing those services. .

Cara Steves is a freshman magazine and major in digital news journalism. Your column appears every two weeks. She can be reached at [email protected].

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