My research aims to explain the impact of anti-immigrant sentiment on the reproductive autonomy of migrant women. Legislators typically act as their constituents feel on a certain issue, so I aimed to explore how legislators responded with legislation when their constituents held higher levels of anti-immigrant sentiment, hypothesizing that this would lead to more legislation limiting the reproductive autonomy of migrant women. I explore topics of eugenics and how anti-immigrant sentiment has led to modern day eugenics.
My hypothesis did not manifest itself in the expected way, but the results do provide evidence for a causal link between legislation meant to improve the lives of citizens and an increase in anti-immigrant sentiment, with the strong example of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Moreover, I provide an explanation as to how this relationship is present, but legislators are talking about it in a different way. At the end of my thesis, I provide recommendations for future research on this topic and discuss what I would have done differently or would improve in the future.
Yacaman, Annays Esperanza, "Still Awaiting Justice: An Analysis On The Impact Of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment On The Reproductive Autonomy Of Migrant Women" (2022). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9766.
Arts and Humanities | Law | Social and Behavioral Sciences
reproductive autonomy, immigration, migrants, women, Texas, eugenics, abortion
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar
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