I know I’m not the only one talking about this, but being one of those who’s sees asking all those questions as a favored past time, I couldn’t quite let this go. I’ll return to lighter hearted topics soon.
I just don’ get it. States after state after state are trying to put laws on their books reducing or removing health services for women. Clinic after clinic serving women in low-income regions are being closed, forcing them to seek health care in greater distances. Tighter and tighter restrictions on just what women have access to is being proposed, everything from contraceptives to pre-natal testing.
The reason is simply because the people proposing these measures want to ensure that women find it harder to get abortions. I have to ask, what the hell are they thinking?
Ok, there are other questions, such as.
If mandatory ultrasounds are insisted upon if someone decides to get an abortion are the rule of the day, then how many women, not being able to afford that added procedure, will instead go underground choosing less safe, unregulated abortions? Will there be a rise in death tolls and health emergencies?
If clinics are closed because of loss of Title X and other health care funding for low-income families, will there be a rise in pregnancy complications due to lack of proper pre-natal care? Will more women find themselves discovering that lump too late, or discover that fibroid tumor had gone undetected far too long? Will medications or any form of birth control be out of more and more lower income women’s price range? How many ectopic pregnancies will be detected too late, correctable problems with either the baby or the mother goes undiscovered? How many serious complications or deaths will occur as a result?
Will the hoped for result of reduced abortions drive birth rates up? Is that something the proposers of these legislations really want? Do they want the higher cost of helping low-income women bringing a baby to term, and then raising them? Do they realize that these women losing access to birth control is a direct result of what will likely be an increase in the birth rates, AND the burden on an already burdened social services sector?
Do they not realize that a year’s supply of The Pill is vastly cheaper than bringing a baby to college age? Well any form of birth control for that matter? Do they not realize that in the quest to rid the nation of abortions that they are putting millions of women and children a risk?
Now I am not going to take a side on the whole abortion debate, other than to say if we want abortions reduced, this is a horrible way to go about it. If anything it may have the opposite effect and has a high potential for a lot more problems that have nothing to do with abortions. I would suspect that a lot of women agree, which leads me to these questions.
When are enough women going to get fed up enough to say enough? When are women going to inundate their congressional district offices with feedback on women’s health issues? When are we going to insist that when it comes to our health, politics and particular religious views needs to be considered AFTER considering that women just want to be healthy with the same freedoms of health options as the other half of our species? When are more women legislatures going to take a stand and refuse to take part in the removal of access to health care for all of us? Why do the religious preferences of an employer matter more than the religious or health preferences of a female staff member? Do these same employers also opt to deny insurance coverage for prostate exams, vasectomies or male enhancement medications? Why does one state want to charge sales tax on only prescription contraceptives and not on other medications?
I know that some of this stems from the idea of requiring all Americans to have some form of health coverage. Never mind that millions are already on government health insurance in the form of Medicare or Medicaid, millions of others have private insurance, “It’s just wrong to make sure there is something in place for all people”…To that I have to give a big old “huh”? I know that there are a few employers who may find that having women’s health issues on company insurance policies a bit distasteful from a religious perspective, but it is the women actually using the insurance right? Women, who may not have similar religious views, may use something like the Pill for reasons other than pregnancy prevention. I know that abortion is also a part of the debate in all of this, but what is happening to women’s health is an abortion. It’s a forceful attempt to remove all our choices, for easy and affordable access to pregnancy prevention, for easy and affordable access for women of all income levels to pre-natal, health screenings and post-natal care, from a voice at the table about our own bodies our own health, all because of a crusade to keep the option of abortion away from a small percentage of women of child-bearing age find themselves wanting or needing to end pregnancies for personal or health reasons.
Please, someone tell me the answers