Men Making Decisions Regarding Women’s Health???

Sunday Soapbox: Men making decisions regarding women’s health is as logical as teaching a hippopotamus to ride a bicycle.

What do you think? Tell me in the comments.

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  • Tony Bennett

    Well, actually, a hippo on the bike may be better qualified than most men (or at least myself). Good Soapbox, I agree.

    • Amberr Meadows

      Tony, thank you. I really have no clue what these politicians are thinking.

      • John D. Heaton III

        Hi Amberr, while I am not sure about the motivations of any politicians, I will say that IMHO that women have the right to do with their bodies as they please, as do men, but nobody has the right to terminate the life of a baby in the womb; not even the mother. I understand that some people do not agree with this, and I can respect that. I feel that this issue is used by politicians and DC to keep people from focusing on other issues: Fuel cost,national debt, ect…

  • Jane Isaac

    Hmmm – that depends. Husbands, partners – yes. Medical professionals – I’m on the fence. I’ve had a male doctor for years and he’s fab., but I realise that they are not all quite so acute.

    • Amberr Meadows

      Jane, I should have probably been more clear, but male politicians with no background in medicine are highly unqualified to make decisions regarding women’s wealth.

  • glynes

    I’m astonished at how quickly all this came up and became major issues. Why all of a sudden? And why now? I have to ask myself, what other, vitally important issue are we being distracted from? And/or, why do all the Republican candidates seem to be suddenly so rabid and willing to shoot themselves in the foot? Just remember this when, a few months from now, the party appears with a brand new, shiny candidate who will sound like the very voice of calm, reason and compromise.
    Personally, my guess is: Jeb Bush.

  • Amberr Meadows

    Glynes, I am keeping this in mind. Republicans are looking pretty ridiculous at the moment.

  • Susan Silver

    The best line I have heard so far in reference to this has been, “If the positions were reversed would men want women to decide”

    That is pretty much the truth of the argument for me. If it isn’t your experience you may not be the best one to judge.

    • Amberr Meadows

      Susan, that is brilliant! I already know the answer to that one, too.

  • Martin Eden

    The entire issue is ridiculous in every way and more to the point, despicable. Next up in congress…should we take a look at woman’s suffrage pre-1920? Maybe we can roll back the clock and take away all their rights starting with their body and ending in their voice.

    I say the religious right should drop financing the fight against birth control and abortion and work on figuring out a way for 45 year old white males to conceive as they all seem so desperate to have a baby in their name. Just a thought.

    • Amberr Meadows

      Martin, I just wish men would treat women with equal respect. Even the religious folks making an issue about contraception obviously haven’t read their bibles, because there is nothing there about men ruling over women or vice versa.

  • Brenda Marroy

    I am all over this Amberr. I have signed so many petitions and written so many letters this week concerning this atrocity. I live in Va. and the “men” in our state government are working at passing some assinine laws against women. When will the insanity stop????

    • Amberr Meadows

      Brenda, the insanity will never stop. As long as there are differences in male and female(and there always will be, right down to the anatomy), we are under attack.

  • Ciara Ballintyne

    What’s going on? I’m not aware of the background to this… Sydney is a long way away!

    • Amberr Meadows

      Ciara, it’s just a big mess, and the Catholic church (as usual) is behind the nonsense. They don’t agree with contraception, so they don’t feel it should be covered under insurance. You know, because having tons of children would NOT be a financial hardship or a drain on taxpayers when families can’t provide for them properly. *note sarcasm*

      • Ciara Ballintyne

        Ah… we have free healthcare here. Medicine isn’t free, but subsidised, and that includes hormonal contraception. We get the odd religion driven move to stop abortion or contraception but Australia just isn’t religious enough for something like that to ever get much weight.

        Apart from the fact that men shouldn’t be making decisions for women, one religion also shouldn’t be making decisions for people of other religions (or no religion). Really, we need a bit of religious tolerance!

        Sarcasm duly noted LOL. these kind of ideas are usually shot from the hip so there’s not much thought really gone into it. That and it’s just a way of trying to get rid of contraception under another guise, so 1+1 doesn’t always = 2 in that case.

  • Dee

    I’m pretty sure if BC were primarily the issue affecting men, it would be a non issue; not even for the ones currently arguing against women’s reproductive choices. While I’m pro life for myself, I get that that is not a decision I personally get to make for everyone else. It has no business being regulated by church or state. Education and availability of options are key.

    • Martin Eden

      Excellent way of phrasing this. Kinda get a feeling that on this issue about 80% or a very large majority of Americans would agree in principle on this issue if not for all the BS being thrown about.

      • Amberr Meadows

        Martin, no doubt. If the BS slinging would stop, maybe folks could think more clearly.

    • Amberr Meadows

      Dee, you’re right. It shouldn’t be up to the church or the state, but both like to stick their noses in where it isn’t wanted nor needed.

  • Suhaime

    I totally agree with you…every successful man, there is a woman behind!

    • Amberr Meadows

      Suhaime, no doubt!

  • Constance Wallace

    Kinda like the church saying they don’t approve of insurance paying for birth control. PLEEEASE! While I’m sure back in ancient times, “be fruitful and multiply” was a necessity because of high infant mortality, today this is not the case. It is an individual choice, which women are entitled to make on their own. Just as we fought for the right to vote, here we go, fighting for the right to make choices about our own bodies. Why can’t men realize that God didn’t make us servants. He made us equal. It is the practices of religion (not just the Christian faith) which makes women lower on the heirarchy. Therefore, guess what, we are entitled to the same freedoms they are. Salute to the men who volunteer to sterilze themselves, so that women don’t always have to go through the torment of a six week recovery, medicine for hormone replacement, etc. Those guys understand. There…that’s my soapbox for today. I don’t feel the need to blog.

    • Amberr Meadows

      Connie, glad you spent that here on this comment. Be fruitful and multiply didn’t mean having 20 kids (Mrs. Duggar, I’m looking right at you). Men just need to let women know what’s best for them and stay out of their business.

  • Bicultural Mama

    This is one of those “duh” moments, like “Duh, the people you’re affecting should have a say in this!”

    • Amberr Meadows

      Maria, exactly. It’s not that complicated.

  • John

    It is a separation of church and state issue. Prescriptions are legal and available. Pro-Choice cannot be one sided. Women should be free to “choose” to purchase and use contraception and the church should be free to “choose” whether or not to cover it based on their religious beliefs. If an employer’s benefit package is not appealing you can “choose” to work elsewhere.

    Regardless of what you think of the Catholic church or any established religion it is a freedom to protect. History proves government intrusion into religion can lead to bad results. The greater threat is turning to and letting government dictate everything.

    • Amberr Meadows

      John, you raise a good point. This is why I dislike government and organized religion. Both are oppressive. regardless, I think women should have the right to be involved in the decision. A panel full of men is not qualified to make decisions regarding women’s health unless they are doctors (unlike these guys).

    • TLColson

      Let me frame it this way. You have health coverage while working for us, except we will not pay for you to go to your general practitioner (Ob/GYN) and we will not cover antibiotics (prescription hormones/birth control) – and this only applies to the men on the policy. Because we don’t believe in antibiotics. They are a danger to men. And the people who decide this are the National Septugenarian Women’s Society.

      Here’s the issue: Birth control or prescription hormones are prescribed for many other things outside of actual prevention of pregnancy. I took them for years for a medical condition and I had no ability to bear children – so it was in no way for pregnancy prevention. In many instances I had no medical coverage for that. Yes, in some states policies still don’t have to cover BC. That was $100 per month for a prescription that has no bearing on a moral issue. If you earn $30,000 a year… that’s not an “incidental” expense.

      The Catholic Bishops think they have problems now? They are alienating a good chunk of their base – and 30 US Citizens who don’t own wombs don’t have any business making this decision without input from those it ACTUALLY affects.

      Lastly – don’t we have something ELSE more important going on? the economy, Iran, education, pitchers and catchers reporting?

      • Amberr Meadows

        TC, I bet if the tables were turned in such a way, men would change their tune, and yes, why so much drama over contraception when we have tons of other extremely critical issues right now. Absurd, really.

  • Bruce Sallan

    My hippo does wheelies on his bike!

    • Amberr Meadows

      That is one talented hippo, Bruce ;-)

  • Matthew Graybosch

    Idiocy of this nature is why I think the Republicans are nothing but gangsters, fascists, and would-be theocrats. If the Adversaries from my forthcoming Starbreaker series were real, you could be sure that they’d walk in on these congressional hearings ready to give these bastards the due process of law.

    • Amberr Meadows

      Matthew, how sweet it would be. Make no mistake there is corruption on both sides, but any party pushing for a ding-dong like Santorum should be under scrutiny, but that’s just my opinion. ;-)

  • Kim Gane

    Oh for sure! I am by no means pro-abortion, I’m pro-choice because I can’t presume to make that choice for anyone but myself. Keep it up, Amberr!