The Undeclared War Against American Womenargued that throughout the s the media created a "backlash" against the feminist advances of the s. An Insider's Report from Behind the Lines, describes the incorporation of the pro-life movement and opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment by Republicans as a divergence from feminist causes.
A charity offering a common medical procedure — 70, a year, more than in the NHS itself — is found guilty of terribly poor standards of care. This did, in fact, happen last year.
The charity was Marie Stopes International and the procedure was abortion. The Care Quality Commission found serious problems.
Staff responsible for getting consent from pregnant girls under 16 were not trained in recognising signs of child sexual abuse. Doctors left clinics before all patients had been discharged, leaving them with nurses untrained to deal with emergency situations.
And inspectors observed a case where doctors failed to ensure a visibly distressed woman with a learning disability understood the procedure she was about to undergo when seeking consent. Marie Stopes voluntarily suspended some of its services straightaway as a result.
But its initial media response left much to be desired. A spokesperson characterised the problems as ones of governance and protocol and said they did not endanger the safety of women.
Its chief executive declared its intention to regain full assurance from the CQC within a few days, hardly the sign of an organisation on top of serious failings. I have friends who found it an easy decision, others agonising.
The debate feels dominated by two extremes Our abortion debate in the UK is — thankfully — nowhere near as fraught in tone and tenor as in the US.
But the broader reaction to the Marie Stopes case reveals how little room it has for nuance.
The case raises issues that have gone unaddressed. The CQC gives hospitals and GP surgeries, unlike abortion clinics, a clear rating that tells patients whether they are outstanding or inadequate. Surely women have the right to know this about the clinic where they are getting an abortion?
The good news is that the government has signalled that this may be about to change. It also raises lack of parity in regulation of physical and mental health services.
The debate about abortion counselling has become dreadfully polarised: Anti-abortion organisations such as Life can offer independent counselling with no regulation at all.
This nuance risks getting lost altogether. Many pro-choice campaigners argue that the media overdramatise abortion as more psychologically difficult for the average women than it really is. The debate feels dominated by two extremes: In that context, I can understand how demanding a better regulatory regime for substandard providers or introducing tougher counselling standards might feel like ceding ground.
But what if our morally fraught debate means we neglect the equally important question about whether women are getting the quality of care they deserve?Marquis’ analysis of the debate: Thomson’s Thesis: In cases where the right to use the mother’s body has not been extended to the fetus, abortion does not violate the fetuses right to life.
When is it “indecent” for a woman to have an abortion? Abortion and Implicit Consent. Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that a. Warren believes that emotion and morality should be entirely separate, and that abortion should be legal for all women, as denial would be stripping women of basic human rights, the rights that a woman holds over an unborn fetus.
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I’m in beautiful Colorado and yes the natives are toking. As you know, marijuana is becoming legal in certain states. So once again, the ethics of marijuana are back on the table. Rights and Obligations of Parents. Historically, philosophers have had relatively little to say about the family.
This is somewhat surprising, given the pervasive presence and influence of the family upon both individuals and social life. Abortion Should NOT Be Legal - Ever since , when the court case Roe v. Wade came about, there has been a debate on abortion.
The first side to this case, the liberal side, believes that women have the right to control their own bodies.