In relation to Angela Davis’s Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights and The Business of Being Born, are women truly free from being considered just baby makers? Women who fight to control their own birthing process are few in the United States, with a very small portion of mothers using midwives. In Davis’s article, women are sometimes misinformed and subject to dangerous abortions. Pregnant women are objectified in hospitals, reduced down to how much money and time that they spend while giving birth. In the film, the process of chemical intervention was described to basically induce labor – to the benefit of the hospital and the discomfort of the mother. The mother isn’t seen as a woman, she’s seen as a process that needs to happen in a x amount of time.
Yet women who do not want to have children are often considered lesser than mothers or selfish. The fact that women fought for ‘voluntary motherhood’ show just how ingrained the idea that every woman must be a mother was, and still is, to this day. Will women ever be free from their assumed role as mothers?