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George Will mansplains women’s GYN rights – I invite him to do that in person

25907Thank you Mr. Will for mansplaining that the war on women is a fictitious democratic construct. In fact, to speak of things like failure to respond to the epidemic of campus rape, the need to have access to all forms of birth control through health insurance, or to have an abortion in your own county is clearly infantilizing women.

We women have been so infantilized that Mr. Will used his October 17th column for the Washington Post to show us the following proof that we have nothing to worry about, because “Access to contraception has been a constitutional right for 49 years (Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965)” and “The judiciary has controlled abortion policy for 41 years (Roe v. Wade, 1973).” Wow, I don’t know about you, but I feel so much better. I mean TRAP laws, the Supreme Court choosing employers’ religious beliefs over medical fact, and personhood amendments must all be “mythical menaces” just like Mr. Will says!

If a politician wants to support a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own body, like Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, it’s not about basic human rights it’s a relentless “gynecological campaign” worthy of such derision that Mr. Will refers to Sen Udall as “Mark Uterus.” (Seriously. I couldn’t make that up if I tried).

Mr. Will offers nothing in this column, besides the 1965 and the 1973 Supreme Courts decisions to prove his assertion that the “war on women” is a mindless incantation. Obviously, we just need to take his word for it.

So here’s the deal Mr. Will, states are chipping away at Roe v. Wade very effectively. TRAP laws (targeted regulation of abortion providers) exist to close clinics. No medical society feels that closet space improves abortion safety. And when women can’t get access to safe abortion they turn to other options. I’ve seen the sad ramifications and it’s only going to get worse.

Limiting birth control options, i.e. medical care, based on religious beliefs is wrong.

Personhood amendments turn fertilized eggs into super-humans, taking away more rights from women before birth than a child would after birth. They also jeopardize birth control because the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs matter more than facts (apparently Mr. Will, you aren’t too fond of facts either).

Saying this does not, as Mr. Will opines, make me a civic illiterate, rather it makes me informed on exactly how legislation that interferes with gynecologic care impacts women. After all, I am a gynecologist. And I’d happily debate the detrimental effect of legislation about GYN care (I won’t say reproductive, because there is of course no legislation that similarly affects men) with him anywhere.

So what do you say Mr. Will, game for a chat? I won’t mind if you call me GYNO-Jen.

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14 thoughts on “George Will mansplains women’s GYN rights – I invite him to do that in person

  1. Thank you for this. I only wish you had some sarcastic photo to include…then the post would show up on my “like” list; WordPress has this stupid thing where if there is no image, the “like” doesn’t make the list even if clicked.

    Posted by syrbal-labrys | October 28, 2014, 8:05 am
  2. “Obviously, we just need to take his word for it.” Well, of course…we are only women after all. We can’t be expected to have room to think about anything else, what with those thoughts of shoes and weddings filling our little brains.

    Great post!

    Posted by rachealizations | October 28, 2014, 8:26 am
  3. Thanks, DOCTOR! I’d pay at see you shred a ‘moran’like will with actual facts.

    Posted by Erin Bliss | October 28, 2014, 8:29 am
  4. I’m thinking about moving to Colorado so I can vote for Mark Uterus.

    Posted by Suzanne Dixon | October 28, 2014, 8:43 am
  5. This really isn’t that hard. If people don’t want to be involved with birth control or abortion in some way, they shouldn’t have to. No one should force anyone else to pay for insurance policies that cover these things.
    Similarly, other people should not be able to stop others from getting access to birth control or abortion (at least, early on in gestation) if they want it, someone else is willing to give them the services, and if they pay for it themselves.

    Posted by Dave | October 28, 2014, 9:02 am
  6. Go for it Jen. He also thinks that Ebola is airborne. We need to take away his computer or maybe he composes on a manual typewriter. He certainly doesn’t know how to access information.

    Posted by bethhavey | October 28, 2014, 10:24 am
  7. He just needs to stop with that sarcastic tripe. One of the most annoying things in the world is someone who thinks he is so intellectually superior to others, but comes off as an idiot.

    Posted by Anxious Mom | October 28, 2014, 3:04 pm
  8. Flying abroad, my brother was asked if he had a fever or aches and pains. Mr Arthritis was quick to say no. Quarantines will encourage lying – exactly what we don’t want.

    Posted by michaelhoad1@gmail.com | October 30, 2014, 12:41 pm

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