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|Thu, 06-28-2007 - 5:19pm|
In Missouri a bill was passed with language that allowed for Certified Proffesional Midwives (CPMs) to legally practice in that state. The circumstances surrounding the language has caused an uproar, and since I am involved in trying to get CPMs in our state legal I have been working on learning how other states have managed this process. I ran across this article, that relates more to the wording of the bill than anything, and I discovered this little tidbit about the bill. "They are opposed, however, by three powerful groups. Religious anti-abortion groups suggest more midwives might increase abortions." http://www.doubletongued.org/index.php/grantbarrett/tocology_obfuscation_enhances_legislation/
So when I read this I'm furious for many reasons. 1) PL groups state that abortion is the only thing they are interested in outlawing and that the PC argument that it's a slippery slope is hogwash. This now PROVES to me that their stance is CRAP. All those groups want are for women to be forced on their backs while some medically minded person tells them wha to do to have their baby. It looks like it's about control than anything. 2) Midwives help deliver babies. They are not trained in abortions and don't do them. Women go to them to have a NATURAL, home delivery. Many midwive believe that it is God's calling to become a midwife and help other women to have the labor that they desire, some even believe that messing with delivery in the medical model is the opposite of God's intentions, and I even know a few that won't take women who've had abortions (obviously I diisagree with their stance in that respect). 3) A homebirth is the natural way to go. Most likely the way God intended (if you believe in her). Yes, this is redundant, but since so many PLs seem to taut what God's will is then why would you take this away from women who want to follow what they think is God's will (obviously not all women who homebirth think this way, but a great number DO). 4) CPMs provide a high quality of care for alot less than a hospital, making a birth affordable to those who don't have insurance, which include many of the reasons that women choose abortion in the first place (seems to me that by not legalizing CPMs you could be CAUSING more abortions).
What are your thoughts on this. How are we PCers and women supposed to trust an organization that is so bent on taking every choice away from women that they can? Again, this is a personal affect on me so others may not see it the way I do or even care, but I thought I'd put it out there.