Tuesday, November 23, 2004

A [Not So Modest] Proposal

Apropos of this post, I have a general-interest policy idea of my own: limit medical decision making to the woman and her health care professional.

The argument is simple: a woman, any woman, has the capacity to make health decisions, and to assume responsibility for her decisions. [The medical professional is there to assist, and guide.] Since birth control and abortions are health matters (not rights, beliefs, or religious/moral/philosophical concepts) this would eliminate assorted dilettantes (politicians, religious leaders, neighbors) from having any say in these matters.

Moreover, the counter-argument to this proposal--women are too stupid/incompetent/etc., to be allowed to make their own decisions--should prove to be unpopular with all [even with the people who might not have taken the time to seriously consider the implications of women being denied medical care] but the most fanatical religious fundamentalists.


At 12:01 AM, Blogger bitchphd said...

Yeah, good luck with that. She says, bitterly.

At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The primary issue with abortion has nothing to do with a woman's ability to make health decisions. The issue that most anti-abortionist folks have is that they believe a fetus is a human with a soul, and aborting the fetus is therefore murder. The ability of a woman to make health care decisions has little to do with the anti-abortion point of view.

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absofrigginlutely. Let's make it into a Constitutional amendment.

I don't really care what the fetus-huggers have to say about it, either.



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