I went to see my physician today for a bunch of reasons, one being a quick check-up on the IUD. I can’t see my old ob-gyn because of insurance changes, so I just needed the new doctor to do a quick check and make sure it’s all good.
He asked, “Is your IUD for preventing pregnancy or for painful periods?”
“Yeah, I can’t help with that. This is a Catholic medical institution.”
I chose this doctor because he was one of the very few nearby options with decent reviews. That is, I had no idea he was affiliated with a Catholic situation. But this kind of shit is like, warning label level of stupid. As in, put a goddamn warning label next to the doctors who are required to abstain from women’s health.
He shrugged, said, “It’s not a reflection of my beliefs, per se. This is just the only clinic in Austin that has a residency program. Doctors have been fired over this.”
Pope Francis is helping the situation, which is great. This just infuriates me. Not for the minor inconvenience I’ll have–I just have to go to a different doctor, no biggie. But for the major fucking worldwide effects of this battle against birth control–the negative consequences of diseases (HIV, specifically), and the blindingly ridiculous stripping away of a woman’s right over her body.
Just so much stupid.
Hey, but here’s a cool new thing from the desk of Pope Francis, which is pretty unrelated but neat nonetheless.