Write an essay of 500 words for a total of 100 points on the following topic:

Women across America are dependent upon the will of their state and the federal legislators, who are primarily male, as well as for-profit-health insurance companies; employers who provide insurance, and in some cases, religious organizations.  What impact do these entities have on women’s equality regarding reproductive rights as well as their socio-economic and emotional well-being?  

Key issues to consider: 1) Health care and gender equality; 2) the current state of government control over women’s health; 3) government or employers’ refusal to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives; and 4) the conflict between contraception and abortion vs. religious freedom.