‘Women’s’ Health

As of late, there’s been a lot of hullabaloo about ‘women’s’ healthcare.  From El Rushbo to Planned Parenthood, we seem to have, yet again, went into a state of collective and total mass psychosis over the issue.  And in so doing, we’ve completely lost sight of what the actual issue is.

Much of the shoutfest seems to center on the twin issues of contraception and abortion.  Constitutionally speaking, these two issues have been long settled.  But for whatever reason, it’s again an issue.  And unfortunately for us, it’s been drawn in strictly gendered terms.  We refer to it as ‘women’s health,’ a moniker that I think is totally erroneous.  In 2009, I watched this exchange in a Senate committee hearing between Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ).  In it, Kyl was kvetching about how he didn’t need reproductive health services and should therefore not be forced to pay for them.  Stabenow shot right back and stated that though Sen. Kyl did not, his mother sure as hell did.

And that gets me to this point: women’s healthcare isn’t just for women.  It’s for their children as well.  And for anyone out there who has a mother, they’ve been a direct beneficiary of it.  Which, if you think about it, means that we’ve all directly benefited.  Unfortunately for all of us, this has been a point entirely absent in the shoutfest.  Alas.


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