Birth Rape

I recently learned a new term.  Apparently, it’s been tossed around for several years now, but it’s starting to gain more momentum.  Birth Rape.  What is “birth rape” you may ask?  Probably not what you are expecting it to be…

‘Birth rape happens when any medical doctor, nurse or other personnel insert anything into or cut into any part of women in labor, delivering a baby, or after birth against her wishes. Even administering an enema to a laboring mother against her will can be birth rape. Birth rape happens when mothers are laboring and weak and either not able to say “NO,” or sometimes even when she says “Don’t!”

Ignoring the mother’s resistance to or rejection of a method of penetration: injection, enema, forceps, incision, suction, etc. is a crime against a woman’s civil rights of peace, equality and privacy inside the body. Even the medical extraction of placenta after birth is often unnecessary because the nutrient-rich placenta is naturally and spontaneously expelled after the birth, and no hurry is necessary in a normal delivery.

Of course, the well trained medic has “their good reason,” citing the “need” of the patient, all the while causing pain, shock and suffering with their attacks into the body. Medical birth rape is rationalized as “for her own good” and these body invasions can cause painful trauma and long lasting harm to both mother and child.’

source – http://www.naturalnews.com/037357_birth_rape_childbirth_assault.html

Tell me I am misreading this.  Tell me this is not a real thing.  Tell me this is just satire.  Tell me no one actually believes this NONSENSE!  Sadly, it is all too real…

I’m at a loss on this one.  Starting an open discourse on this subject is an utterly daunting task.  I normally like to try to keep my words a bit less mocking and a bit more impartial than I am now; focusing instead on facts and logic to help my readers form their own opinions.  But under the circumstances I just plain don’t know how.  I think this is the best I can muster…

Really?  REALLY???  Is this what we’ve come to now?  Is this really the next wave of politically correct misandry that has been wrapped up with a bow in a neat little package labeled “feminism”?  Forget about true abominations against women (such as young girls being maimed and dying from being forced to undergo “female circumcision” – http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/).  Why campaign and fight against such horrors when it’s clearly far more important to focus on making it harder for OB-GYNs (doctors who YOU went to for help) to do their job and safely deliver your baby(ies).  (Note the extreme sarcasm.)

Can we just completely forget about the modifier “birth” for a moment and concentrate on the word “rape”?

Merriam-Webster defines rape as: unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconciousness, or deception.”

That sounds pretty cut and dry to me.  That’s certainly how I have always defined rape.  A doctor or medical professional (one that you sought out for treatment and care, no less) performing a standard medical procedure surely does not fit those parameters.  How could it possibly be considered rape unless the doctor touched you in a sexual way that has no medical purpose?

Doesn’t the overt act of going to the hospital to give birth grant your doctors permission to treat you as they deem necessary?  Isn’t that the ENTIRE reason you went to them (as opposed to giving birth at home)!?  Shouldn’t only unnecessary procedures (such as an epidural) supersede the doctor’s judgement?  Are these REALLY questions that need asked?

Even Natural News says:

The best way to avoid birth rape, medical birthing procedures and unnecessary C-sections, is to avoid hospitals for the event of childbirth. Seek out a reputable natural birthing center and experienced midwife. Better yet, have that childbirth at home and invite your midwife to attend.” 

Those words suggest to me that they expect all hospitals to perform standard medical procedures.  They seem to be implying that these procedures not only aren’t medically necessary, but are even harmful to you in some way.  They are basically telling you to trust their medical opinion over the opinion of board certified doctors.

Either that or they are “victim shaming”.  (Isn’t that the popular “feminist” outcry. That it’s “victim shaming” to teach girls how to avoid dangerous situations that increase their odds of getting raped.  That instead we should be teaching boys not to rape.  – Personally, I think we should be teaching BOTH of those things, but what do I know.)

Don’t get me wrong, there are sets of circumstances where a doctor ignoring your wishes are not lawful.  Such as if you DECLINE to be treated by the doctor/hospital (typically a situation caused by someone else bringing you to the hospital when you did not want to go).  Such as forcibly giving you medication that you have indicated you do not want to take.  Such as ignoring a DNR.

Such acts on the doctor’s part could range anywhere from malpractice to assault.  But RAPE!?

It’s ludicrous!  Outrageous!  HARMFUL!!

It demeans and minimizes the trauma and suffering of every woman who has ever legitimately been raped or sexually assaulted.  It desensitizes the word.  Waters it down.  The broader the meaning attached to it, the less seriously people will view it.  Women will become ashamed to open up about their assaults for fear of being judged by these unrealistic standards.

And what a horrible thing to wrongly accuse someone!  It ruins lives.  A person can never fully bounce back from a rape allegation.  Regardless of their conviction status, if follows them for the rest of their life.  And a doctor convicted of this “birth rape” would not only carry the stigma and face jail time… they would NEVER be able to practice medicine again.  One less doctor in the world.

Not to mention, why would ANYONE even want to become a doctor if they are afraid to treat their patients?!  And what would you do without them?  Do you really want to live in a world without doctors?