After all, it’s not like incubators people women should possibly be aware of all their options. Not if a qualified professional licensed practitioner person with personal religious beliefs disagrees with one of those options, anyway.
That seems to be the basis of a legal challenge to new Medical Council guidelines which would force Good Christian Soldiers to Mercilessly Slaughter the Unborn – I’m sorry, they would
Well fuck. That’s terrible. I mean, forcing medical professionals to make a statement of fact about the existence of a medical procedure? I am aghast. Such an imposition! Such an inconvenience! It’s like those bastards at the Medical Council think these people trained to offer medical advice!
Deborah puts it with less snark:
[The subtext of this challenge] says that they will make moral decisions for their patients, because women can’t be trusted to make those moral decisions themselves.
Now wait. Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions, I mean, I’m not a doctor, obviously, I’m just a currently vacant uterus woman. Maybe this “abortion” thing is some kind of drastic procedure, involving expense and trauma and danger?
Well, maybe if you’re the person getting it, especially if you’re not blessed to live in a major metropolitan centre of NZ or if you find the prospect of having to justify your reproductive choices to not one but two consultants who, if you’re lucky, will interpret “mental health” widely and help you circumvent decades-old patriarchal bullshit.
Having to sit there and admit to a person in your medical care that yes, there is an option legally available which you personally would not choose? Cry me a fucking river.
And I’m speaking here as someone who went to a Catholic fucking high school. A high school where we were taught about contraception … and abortion.
And sure, our teacher stood at the front of the class and said “girls, I do not agree with abortion and the Church teaches that it’s wrong, and please don’t have sex and please don’t have abortions”, and sure other classes in my year got shown The Silent Scream (and were apparently so traumatized we didn’t get to see it), and sure the STD talk was accompanied with a “horrible infections you will get if your immune system is suppressed by AIDS” slideshow. So we’re not talking objective information here.
But we still knew what our options were. And when a few girls in my class were pregnant in the year following seventh form, and chose to have their babies, you know what? I know that they were able to choose to have their babies.
And they didn’t need some fucking self-righteous morality-pushing douche abusing the privilege of being a medical professional treating them like they couldn’t be trusted with autonomy over their own bodies.
H/T: The Hand Mirror
On the lighter side of things, Scott at Imperator Fish very nicely demonstrates why Jonathan “Concert FM is Radio Pyongyang with a harpsichord” Coleman’s suggestion that NatRad look at commercial sponsorship is a bad, bad, bad, bad thing.