Sunday, October 10, 2004


Instructions: After reviewing the country list*, answer the two test questions:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lithuania
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Congo
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam

  • Question 1: Why do the governments of these countries think their women are smarter/more responsible/trustworthy/literate/moral than American women?

    Question 2: Why is it acceptable for any country's government to decide what medical care is appropriate for reproductive-age women? [Strongly consider "long-standing, secret fantasy to lead the life of an Ob/Gyn" as one of your answers.]

    *Hint: Countries where emergency contraception (EC) is available over-the counter.


    At 4:35 PM, Blogger Mickey Glitter said...

    interesting questions, to be sure. are we just too apathetic as american women to fight for the rights to our own bodies?

    At 5:04 PM, Blogger wolfa said...

    It's available in Quebec, too, behind-the-counter, and possibly in a few other provinces (BC and Sask, I think). I believe the government's intending to make it legal throughout the country, now that they're done with the speech from the throne.

    At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think a big part of the problem is misdirection. The fight shouldn't be about rights, religion, or even the risks/benefits of EC (or OCPs, etc.).

    It shouldn't be about who has women's best interest at heart. It. Doesn't. Matter. Women are not children.

    They don't need politicians, religious leaders, perfect strangers, or even big sisters to decide for them. Women, in consultation with their physician are quite capable of making responsible medical decisions.

    At 5:53 PM, Blogger ema said...


    You're right. EC is OTC in British Columbia, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. It's also OTC in 4 states in the US: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, New Mexico, and Washington.


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