Pregnant, And No Civil Rights Essay

1366 Words Apr 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Everyone on all walks of life should be given a fair chance. At the same time, second chances are the epitome of why we are humans, a species of emotions and intelligence. Animals are inherently different than us because they do not question why they act the way they do. There are so many variables that come to play but we can all agree that people desire to be treated equally and fairly. In Pregnant, and No Civil Rights, written by Lynn M. Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin, is an article that focuses on how the rights of the women are limited in order to protect the life of the unborn. As a result, they’ve cited many cases where women are falsely accused of murder because of their pregnancy. On the flip side, in Audre Lorde’s poem “Coal”, it talks about how a piece of coal at first might seem worthless, but when the conditions are right, it has the chance to become a beautiful diamond. This metaphorically describes the unborn mainly because if abortion was legal, that piece of coal will NEVER become a diamond. Essentially, the unborn will never be given a chance to become somebody in this world. People argue for the life of the mother, while others advocate for the life of the unborn child.

Lorde, an African American, lived in a time where racism was active. Society restricted her rights but more importantly, her value as a human being. She states, “Some words live in my throat/ Breeding like adders. Others know sun/ Seeking like gypsies over my tongue/ To explode through my lips…

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