A Decision Made

A Decision Made
Across the period of one?s life, decisions are made, consequences are endured, and rewards are accepted. In most instances, one does not think before they act on possible actions or decisions; however it is the rare few that do think, and do realize the cause and effect of decisions about to be made.

Margaret Sanger was an advocate for women?s rights, a nurse, a feminist, and most important she offered women information about contraceptives, something that was relatively hidden from many women in the early 1900?s. Margaret Sanger may have single handily changed the fact that ?women would achieve personal freedom by experiencing their sexuality free of consequence? (Margaret Sanger, 1).
As a nurse she saw failed abortions, a plague of infant death, and the STD?s syphilis and gonorrhea. Although condoms were available for men only, ?they were dispensed mainly as prophylactics against venereal disease for those who dallied with fallen women? ( Healy, 1). Women on the other hand, were not allowed distribution of diaphragms, or instruction in birth control. Sanger became an arch-rival of Anthony Comstock, a pubic obscenity censor. Although she knew her possible consequences would be ridicule and possible prison time, she would openly dispense pessaries, and would distribute her book, ?What Every Girl Should Know? which was about venereal diseases. Because of her decision, she was able to accept the consequences, without letting anyone slow her down on her cause.

Within ?An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge? by Ambrose Bierce, ?The Censors? by Luisa Valenzuela, and ?Paper? by Catherine Lim, all are clear examples of consequences for decisions that characters had made. Many times consequences cause guilt among the person, however, it is the unusual times that because of one?s decision, in the long run does much more good then evil.

?An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge? had a decision made by Fraquhar that knowingly went against the opposing side of where he stood. Like Sanger who went against Comstock laws, Fraquhar interfered with troops. Although Fraquhar knew his punishment would be death if caught, he was willing to risk it, and eventually was put to death because of his actions. Sanger also knew going against Comstock could result in possible jail time, which she did receive for her actions.

In ?The Censors,? Juan knowingly risked being caught by becoming a censor, in hopes of getting his letter through to his loved one. Although he knew what would happen if he was caught smuggling his letter in, he was more then willing to take the risk. Juan?s boss acknowledged his hard work, "soon he was moved to section E where he was now reading and analyzing letter contents, his work became so absorbing that his original purpose for being a censor was blurred (Valenzuela, 653). While he excelled, he one day came across his letter to Marina, but without reading it, tossed it into the censored pile, causing his death the very next morning. The theory that giving someone a little power can eventually lead to destruction is evident in Juan?s case. Although Sanger wasn?t given power, she made people knew who she was, and she was empowering women. She strived to get information out, create an oral contraceptive, and have a place that women could eventually go to. She dedicated her life to making her ideas a reality. Her hard work, lead to her once ideas becoming a reality, still living on today.

The underlying motives of ?Paper? are pure greed. Yee Lian and Tay Soon did not want an average house, rather a one of great standards to show their wealth. They were not happy with what they had. Although they worked hard for their money, investing became easy money, after having success after success, they risked everything. They also lost everything they had because of greed. Sanger was greedy in a different sense. She wanted nothing more then to get information out to women. She felt they had a say with what could happen to their bodies, and that no one should be forced to do anything against their will.

Sanger?s life changing decision was made with no regrets. She helped women all across the world because of her courage and strength to move ahead, no matter what obstacle she came across. She knew the hardships that were ahead, possible jail time, fines, and legal matters, not forgetting the public ridicule she endured. Without her, it is very possible that today?s society would be incredibly different. She took actions that she felt had a purpose, fully knowing the consequences ahead. Looking back her consequences were well worth the strife. She paved the way for women everywhere.

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