Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Placing a woman central to her reproductive health choices.

Most people want to reduce the number of abortions, but don't want to limit existing access to abortion on demand, according to a national survey conducted for the Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, published in The Australian yesterday.

"Significantly, an overwhelming 87 per cent of Australians endorse an approach that works to reduce the number of abortions without restricting access to the procedure."
This measure (if implemented) places women central to the issue whilst adding extra services. It builds on already existing services that are increasingly overstretched. Whilst I understand that the person is political, worker neutrality is possible. Currently such counseling exists where three options are discussed,
  1. abortion
  2. continuing with the pregnancy
  3. adoption
With careful screening of additional service providers which assures worker and organisational neutrality, providing counseling, information and referral, then more resources would be welcome.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Brownie said...

Vasectomies for all 13 year old males (think of it as a tribal rite like masai etc) which are only reversed after marriage ceremony.

7:24 pm  
Anonymous carolyn=^..^= said...

i like brownies suggestion, now only if we could prevent rape by similar means.......

1:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with brownie with one modification. Before the vasectomy allow 3(?) ejaculations to be placed in storage. Why should marriage license males to spread their seed with gay abandon? Henceforth every pregnancy will have to be planned. That should please Boswell and Abbot.

zoot

2:45 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Firstly, let me personally welcome you Carolyn=^..^= my dear, dear friend.

Vasectomies will address one area of unwanted pregnancies, that being "Contraception failed."

The right of a woman to choose whether to continue with a pregnancy or terminate it covers many more issues. These issues can present or manifest during the period of the pregnancy and a woman must have the right to make her own decisions regarding her reproductive health.
Whether that be abortion, continuing with the pregnancy or adoption.

8:22 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

Brownie, Carolyn, this sounds disturbing similar to 'all men are rapists and thus must be castrated.'

Bad idea, folks.

All men are not rapists.

However, not all men respect women nor understand that they have no particular rights simply because they are male.

Why don't we excise the societal notion that men have any more right to be than women- rather than surgically modifying 49% of the humans on earth- to suit the 51%?

-weez

8:33 pm  
Blogger amy gardner said...

It's nice to get reactions to comments like Brownie's from men though...

Gives them some kind of understanding of the fear and anger we feel when men discuss our rights to abortion.

Although I wish it was someone more evil than weezil that had said it...

9:50 pm  
Blogger Brownie said...

I am qualified to make that comment. I was knocked up and abandoned as a teenager in 1968. 'Fatherhood is not my image' he said. I had NO support whatsoever from ANYwhere, no medical care at all, a rotten diet, and nothing to eat at all for 3 days before I gave birth. cut their damn dicks off.

the community keeps bitchin about 'all these single mothers' - where are the damn fathers?

6:49 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

Amy, women should cringe when men are making the rules for women's bodies.

Brownie, sorry, but you're off the rails.

I got hit by a drink driver in 1990 which left me paralysed and disabled.... but do you see me hanging around outside pubs with an Uzi, machine gunning the bastards when they put their keys in the ignition?

Well, you would, but I'm out of ammo.

8:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter left an abusive relationship and discovered she was pregnant. I watched her agonise over whether to terminate or not. She decided to go ahead with the pregnancy and once again I watched in awe as she developed a relationship with her unborn child. The thought of anyone in her position being coerced into relinquishing her baby is abominable.
My belief for a long time has been that no man has the right to tell any woman what decision she should make about her reproductive health choices. It has been immeasurably strengthened by the last 32 weeks.
Yesterday (Friday) I became a Granpa again and I have no doubt my daughter made the right and proper decision, just as she did when (without telling me) she terminated a pregnancy about ten years ago.
Suki, I take your point that vasectomies only address one area of unwanted pregnancies - now, how do we bring about Weezil's societal change?

Zoot again

3:20 am  
Anonymous brownie said...

zoot - weez does NOT NEED CHANGE, societal or otherwise. I am supplying the ammo, and when we have finished with drunken drivers, he will help me avenge all young girls who have been lied to and left.

9:21 am  

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