This story was brought to my attention early this morning and I thought it best to post on it right away. A girl, who was raped in front of her home, was denied Plan B when she went to the hospital due to the doctor's religious beliefs. He said he had an ethical and moral decision to make. The girl then called her gynocologist, who gave her a prescription, but when she went to fill it at her local pharmacy, was told they were out of it and had to drive 25 miles to the next town to get it.
The propaganda against women's reproductive rights has become so polarized that now women can't even easily aquire a high dose of the pill, which is all Plan B is. I wonder if this doctor refuses to write prescriptions for daily birth control as well. The thing that is the most aggrivating, is when the "moral" and "ethical" cards are played by doctors who turn their noses up at rape victims... who say that their own ideology is more important than the health of those who are physically and emotionally traumatized.
The fundamentalist movement seems to be the scapegoat for, and tool of, a greater patriarchal machine. It seems, more often than not, that it is men in high places who stand in the way of a woman's decision of what to do with her body. They claim it is their religious beliefs, that they have to save "the unborn children," but there is a viciousness behind their voice... a fevered desperation to keep control of the one thing that can stop a woman in her progressive tracks. Without constant access to birth control and emergency contraception, we are a slave to our bodies, destined to be incubators of life, be it wanted or unwanted, until we are all used up.
Isn't it moral and ethical to allow a woman to determine the course of her life to the best of her ability and not interfere with that decision?
"No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her own body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother." - Margaret Sanger