Women. Who’d be one?
The rate at which we are abused, beaten and killed has increased by more than 50% in the last seven years in NSW.
We are the owner-operators of the uterus. With that, you would think came choice and power. However, even in the 21st century, in large parts of Australia, we still do not have a legal right to determine the contents of our uterus, if we choose to make it gloriously empty.
The anti-choice zealots get away with mauling our morals, spirituality and choices.
The health minister can have a conflict of interest- with impunity.
Then there’s RU486. Banned in 1996 because of the staunch Catholic and independent MP Brian Harradine from Tasmania, whose vote was crucial to the coalition government as it did not have a majority in the upper house. That was in 1996, when women’s health choices were far less important than selling off Telstra. Almost ten years later- in what condition are women’s reproductive rights?
RU486 was then and is now a proven abortifacient which would be beneficial if added to the repertoire of choice a woman and her health professional could access.
A conscience vote on the status of RU486 is hinted at for Tuesday, 29th November. Since when does women’s health need a conscience filter? Is it because everyone feels that they have a right to comment on the coming and goings of the uterus? Women (and their uteri) are 51% of the population and can determine their reproductive rights. Men comprise 49% of the population and can support a woman’s right to choice and self-determination.
Leslie Cannold puts the whole issue very succinctly:
“This is a vote about the integrity of Australia’s framework for ensuring the quality, safety and efficacy of the medicines we take. It is a vote about whether or not the Therapeutic Goods Administration or the Health Minister should make critical decisions about which drugs are made available to patients, and in what circumstances.”
Tuesday should be interesting.
Most of those voting don’t have a uterus – and even fewer have a conscience.
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