This is what Dr. Ben Carson said about the GOP war on women:
“There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.”
— Raw Story (@RawStory) August 27, 2015
Thank you Dr. Carson for mansplaining it so eloquently. While I am only a humble gynecologist (and a female one at that), I would like to point out that the uterus is actually anatomically part of women and not on loan from the GOP. That is why when we do a hysterectomy we have to cut the uterus out with a scalpel. You’ve used one of those, right?
When you say you want to control what a woman does with her uterus, i.e. what is inside her body, you are saying that she can’t make those decisionS on her own or has no right to make those decisions or both. All are bad options.
What if I wanted to control your bladder, what would you think of that? What if I wanted to tell you what you could drink and how often you could drink? What if I restricted the availability of a toilet? What if I told you that you could only use the restroom if you consented to a transrectal ultrasound? And if you get a bladder infection, well, you will have to drive 200 miles to discuss it with the your doctor and then drive back home and wait 24 hours to be really sure about the antibiotics and then drive the 400 miles round trip again to pick them up? Would you think that is okay because you can’t really understand as a man what is happening inside of your body or might you think, back off bitch that’s my bladder?
If you actually care about women, as I do, as a doctor you should want them to have compassionate, evidence-based care. And for heaven’s sake if you want women to have fewer abortions you should stump for long-acting reversible contraception. To ignore this elephant in the room means you care nothing about medicine and everything about pandering to a sub set of voters.
Women are so much more than the sum or our parts, but here’s the thing in a democracy you don’t get any say in how we manage any of them. Any other option is in fact a declaration of war.