During Reconstruction and Jim Crow, social welfare programs were created to help poor white women. Programs like Aid to Dependent Children claimed to help women in need of financial help, but they provided them with minimal support. "With the social “concern” of population growth concentrated on black women, immigrant women, and poor women, the surveillance required by receiving government assistance allowed the policing of women’s sexual and reproductive behaviors, often criminalizing women who became pregnant while receiving assistance." Because of the criminalization of poor women who became pregnant, women of color would agree to sterilization so that they could continue to receive support for the children they already had.
LARC's show a similar narrative but in present day.For privileged whit ewomen with access to health insurance and reproductive care, LARC's are highly effective contraceptives that only require insertion and replacement/removal at a later date. This low risk fo pregnancy can be freeing for women who have the capacity to be able to choose to remove the device if they see fit.
However, black women and other women of color are disproportionately criminalized and have low SES, which may change their experiences with LARCS. "Lack of access to comprehensive sex education, regular reproductive health-care providers, transportation, and language translators influence the ways in which black women and women of color navigate their reproductive health."
The fact that some women of color may not be as educated on topics such as birth control due to factor outside their control is something that I had never thought about. As a privileged white woman who has the nexplanon implant, I was skeptical at first of the criticism of the implant. However, my situation is not the same as everyone else's. I love learning new things in this class as I begin to understand social and racial differences so that I can be the best human I can be.