Other examples of the health of women being of less priority than other concerns can be seen in the birth practices that many health centers employ such as the routine augmentation of labor, having laboring women push while on their backs, and the overuse of cesareans. It can be seen in the overreaching marketing and promotion of artificial feeding methods for babies despite known health risks and where there is no medical need to do so.
Women who find themselves facing a crisis pregnancy often feel left alone and without resources, making them feel that abortion is their only feasible option. Resources that they need are often unknown to her and can be difficult to find and time-consuming to access. Multiple services are rarely located in a single location.
The management of the suppression of our healthy and natural functioning should not be women’s healthcare, but that is often what it is. Holistic, life-affirming, woman-affirming care should be the norm!
What we need are Guiding Stars.