Abortion seems to be the only medical procedure that people want to deny you based on how you got in that situation.
Drove drunk, got in an accident and need an organ transplant? No problem.
Messing around with a gun, accidentally shoot yourself in the leg and need surgery? Of course.
Smoke tobacco for most of your life and need treatment for lung cancer? Yep.
Climb a tree, fall out and break your leg? We’ll fix that right up.
Have sex and get pregnant when you don’t want to be? YOU GOT YOURSELF INTO THIS SITUATION AND YOU DESERVE NO MEDICAL HELP OR COMPASSION! THIS IS YOUR FAULT AND YOU WILL DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES!
An Israeli government official has acknowledged that a number of Ethiopian women who were immigrating to Israel were injected with a long-acting contraceptive without understanding the consequences of the treatment.
“We said we won’t have the shot,” recounted one of the women, according to Haaretz. “They told us, if you don’t you won’t go to Israel. And also you won’t be allowed into the Joint (American Joint Distribution Committee) office, you won’t get aid or medical care. We were afraid … We didn’t have a choice. Without them and their aid we couldn’t leave there. So we accepted the injection. It was only with their permission that we were allowed to leave.”
“This is about reducing the number of births in a community that is black and mostly poor,” Hevda Eyal, author of the report “By Women to Women,” told The National, referring to the birth control shots.
this is sick.
In the workplace, the issue of Christmas and Christmas celebrations will inevitably come up. But when asked if I celebrate Christmas (as in do I put up lights/decorate/get a tree), I said no. Then they asked me why not. I said, “I feel Christmas is a corporate/capitalist holiday that has people focusing once a year to be nice and considerate to each other, and people spend money on presents nobody wants, presents that don’t have any thought behind them. (Plus, I’m not religious, so I don’t see a point in celebrating a holiday i have no ties to personally).”
Don’t get me wrong, I like giving presents and I like receiving presents, but I don’t like it when they’re turned into some kitsch, contrived ritual— like Christmas (maybe even birthdays? not sure).
Of course, I’m getting teased, and I don’t mind it now- because I understand it now. At first I was uncomfortable with getting teased for my beliefs, but when I thought about it, I realized…. and I mean this in the most sincere and non-malicious sense possible, but quite honestly, it’s ignorance. I realize most people, however well-intentioned and lighthearted they are, they just don’t really think about the things they do or say. Now that I understand that, I don’t mind the teasing so much -doesn’t mean I think it’s okay.
If I had said I don’t celebrate Christmas because of another religious (conditioned) belief, I wouldn’t be getting teased (because that’s bigotry and a no-no). As if giving a conditioned answer is more valid than one I thought of carefully; As if my not being religious is less valid than being religious.