Re: The Politics of Women's Healthcare
posted at 1/23/2014 1:58 PM EST
In response to miscricket's comment:
In response to ComingLiberalCrackup's comment:
In response to miscricket's comment:
I guess it doesn't even surprise me anymore ..the fixation that old white male politicians have with what goes on behind the closed exam room door in gynocologists' offices across the country.
Recently, a federal judge struck down the North Carolina legislation which required physicians to show ultrasound images to women who were discussing abortion. The basis for the decision was rooted in the 1st Amendment. Essentially..the judge stated that politicians could not mandate the words to be spoken by a physician , especially if those words were part of a political ideological message. In other words..physicians know better than politicians how to deal with women's health issues.
This position by by Judge Catherine Eagles seems to inject some common sense into the issue. After all...isn't it logical to assume that physicians know best? If not best..than certainly better than a politician?
Her remarks seem particularly on point when you consider the following remark made by Rep. Allen Rothlisberg during an unrelated committee hearing on January 14th. Rep. Rothlisberg declared that "If I was a woman over 50, I would not need gynecological services".
Now..that is not someone I want making decisions about my healthcare. His lack of knowledge of women's health care is ..well..breathtaking.
Women are equally divided between pro-life and pro-choice positions, so the assumption that it is only old white men who oppose abortion is specious.
"Physicians know better than politicians" how to deal with women's health issues? Funny, how the entire medical industry is heavily regulated and statutes exist on every conceivable issue, from politicians. The danger of malpractice lawsuits hovers over every medical visit....so you want to "deregulate" medical treatment? A bit late for that.
The concept of informed consent is well established in the medical field. The patient must be told of the risks and consequences of a medical procedure. That is what these laws are about. if a pateint doesnt want to listen or pay attention, that is their choice. But pretending abortion is not a serious risky medical procedure is denying reality.
The "political ideological message" of pro-abortion advocates seems to be to get the procedure over with, quickly, and not allow the patient to consider the risks or consequences.
CLC..there is a big difference between informed consent and what the North Carolina legislation was mandating.
It may be true that women hold positions on both sides of the abortion issue. I, myself, am torn on the issue. I find this idea of women using abortion as a form of birth control distasteful...on the other hand I also understand..as a woman..that pregnancies are terminated for thousands or reasons that have little to do with choice. I think that exposing a woman who is already going through a traumatic experience to more trauma than necessary to be cruel.
As far as my comment about old white men being obsessed with what goes on the gynecologists office...well..they are the majority of faces behind this type of nonsense legislation...and the type of ignorance of medical science ( such as women over 50 don't need gynecological care). Sorry..but I don't want someone like that making laws about women's health care.
There's that word, "mandating" again.
It is OK to "mandate" that I must buy health insurance, costing me several thousands of dollars in premiums and cost (through higher deductibles), but mandating a women to consider the life she is about to snuff out should not be "mandated".
On the womens' heath care, and not trusting government workers/officials whoare ignorant of medical issues making such sweeping pronouncements on womens health care:
"Breast cancer. Within three months of the enactment of Obamacare, new guidelines were issued that women should get less frequent mammograms."
So, I guess you want to kill Obamacare after all? Have we found the people who are really waging a war on women?