Six words Senator: A Woman and her Healthcare professional.

Senator Boswell is pleased to have facts. He has data that reveals that 91,000 terminations of pregnancy procedures were carried out in Australia in 2003/04. The data is misleading as all terminations come under the same Medicare number. The Senator states that,

“I think this is such a monumental decision in people’s lives that they should have counselling.”

Who is the Senator referring to when he says ‘they’?

  1. The woman and her husband?
  2. The woman and her boyfriend?
  3. The woman and her partner?
  4. The woman and the progenitor? (in case it’s not her husband, boyfriend or partner)
  5. The woman and her mother?
  6. The woman and her father?
  7. The woman and her sister?
  8. The woman and her brother?
  9. The woman and her child/ren?
  10. The woman and her employer?
  11. The woman and her support person?
  12. The woman and her support pet?
  13. The woman and all of the above?

Counselling for all these people already exists. It is part of the healthcare professional’s role to provide a woman with local support services (for both continuing with the pregnancy and terminating it). The woman can then take any or all of the above people/pets along to any or all the appointments she makes.

The decision to continue with a pregnancy or terminate it remains a private one. The woman will tell those she trusts. She will seek advice from the sage from within the trusted group. A call from a well-meaning, but unwanted Counsellor is not ok. The process and intent has the potential to create involuntary clients. Counsellors have little impact (and even less attendance rate) on such a cohort. Moreover, ramifications for non-compliance (a client hanging up, not wanting to come, missing a scheduled appointment, saying “fuck off”, lying about who they are, feigning wrong numbers, saying “oh she’s moved out” etc.), if in fact such a thing is built-in to Senator Boswell’s grand plan the consequences for non-compliance are too scary to contemplate.

Senator Boswell you are raising poor, unnecessary, invasive-potential policy.
Yet again, not placing the woman and her reproductive rights central to the issue.


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One Response to “Six words Senator: A Woman and her Healthcare professional.”

  1. Suki Has An Opinion » Blog Archive » Unfit for duty Says:

    […] These belief-based men – Tony Abbott, Christopher Pyne, Ron Boswell, Barnaby Joyce, Steven Fielding, Alex Hawke, Fred Nile, Peter Slipper, Alan Cadman, Joe Hockey and Brian Harradine just cling together like a sinister sticky, dusty, paternalistic web of oppression of a the uterus which just happens not to be housed anywhere near them.     […]

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