Monday, March 3, 2008

Hey, I said, almost....

It’s probably not a big surprise but I like doctors. I don’t mean just my parents or my brother in law or my own (hypothetical) doctor I mean I like what they do and what they stand for. They are mostly smart. They are nice and sciencey. They believe in evolution. Generally speaking it gives me pleasure to deal with people for whom cold science, reason and logic win out over everything else.

Which is partly why I’m filled with the desire to get a can of kero and burn something when I hear the latest sewage gushing forth from AMA president Rosanna Capolingua – number one candidate for a reality TV show I have just made up called Let’s Burn Public Figures Alive.

This week Dr Capolingua, for whom I will try to come up with a cutting nickname before the end of this blog entry, thinks giving teenagers access to the morning after pill without parental permission isn’t on because it won’t stop teenage pregnancy. Now really? Because I thought that was EXACTLY what it was intended to do.

But before I go on let’s hear from Dr Fuckface (hey, I’m trying) shall we? Here we hear her responding to comments by Victoria's Centre for Adolescent Health director Professor Susan Sawyer, who was bold enough to suggest teenagers should be allowed to have the morning after pill without having to tell their parents.

"Let's talk about preventing the episode of unprotected sex," (Dr C) said on Channel 7. "What we need to do is talk about preventing the teenage pregnancies ... and handing out the morning-after pill is not the way to do that.”
Personally I think Dr Capolingua’s point is a fair one because everyone knows that contraception doesn’t stop… no wait I mean that emergency contraception wouldn’t… that is because of the… oh well I mean surely…. Wait, what is her point?

Dr Capolingua said Australia had "dropped the ball" when it came to talking about condoms and the prevention of unprotected sex. "I think what we need to do is look at better education, better information transfer to young people to empower them to make the right choices," she said. "In some families there is that ability to have those conversations, but in many families there isn't. We have to provide that information to kids through other means, and certainly schools are a very important source of that.”
Brilliant. This is the net result of years of medical education and a career as a GP. No Fucking Kidding kids need to be educated about contraception (step one, Dr C, don’t send your kids to a Catholic School eh) but, really, if they DO get pregnant (either through being ignorant or unlucky or a stupid twit) the damage is pretty well done and is there really any point in making some 15-year-year old either a)have a stupid kid b)get an abortion in a month’s time c)risk being chucked out of home by asking her parents for permission to take the morning after pill and hope they give in in time?

I think not. Personally I wasn’t exactly at risk of being knocked up in my high school years, if you see what I mean, but if I had been then I would rather have chucked myself off a bridge than tell my parents. And I have very nice parents. What about kids who have shitcake parents who either don’t believe in the morning after pill or don’t believe in their little Charlene screwing around? Heaven this little SLUTS should be allowed to prevent pregnancy in the same perfectly legal way that anyone who is a few years older is already allowed to do.

In Dr C’s world the kid pays the price of the failure of schools or her parents to educate her about sex and contraception. In Dr C’s world it’s better that little Cindy gets sent to her room (read: forced to have a child) to Teach Her a Lesson rather than risk a world in which young women actually have some control over their bodies and access to drugs designed to enable them to make their own decision about when, or if, they have a child. In Dr C’s world she doesn’t deserve to be burnt alive for all of the above crimes. But in my world she almost does.

7 comments:

T-Dog said...

See I got from her comments that she believes the morning after pill being made available to teenagers without a GP consultation was a bad idea, and I kind of support her on that one.

Ofcourse they should have access to it if they need it, but surely preventative education, medical support and an open dialogue with parents is to be encouraged before some pint-sized slapper just reaches for the meds...

mike (g) said...

You know we went to school with her daughter, right?

Anonymous said...

As did I...having that link you could have called her a Ranging Lesbo Dyke Muncher :)

She 'used' to be Mrs Host....

my name is kate said...

Yeah of course - another mark against her (er but totally kidding if Cassandra ever stumbles onto this). I was going to mention something in the blog but I'm a chickenshit who fears someone involved could find out who I am and knife me in a dark alley somewhere... or, ok, just be hurt.

And Thomula - admittedly not having a TV at the mo I only gathered Dr C's comments from second hand reporting via other media but in any case I don't think I would support her on that one. I can understand some people might worry about the morning after pill getting doled out willy nilly but I think the alternative is much worse. I think for most teenagers their GP is their family GP and they might be too shit scared to go there anyway. To my mind they should be able to go somewhere like FPWA and get it that way - where they get medical advice etc but it's a lot less self conscious because when you sit in that FPWA waiting room waiting to be called in half the other people there look like they're STD-carrying crackwhores. Or, um, is that just me?

the other kate said...

i think rather than burning people the reality tv show should make them live for a month in the shoes of the poor bastards they choose to moralise about. or a year.

let the good doctor go back in time and have that schoolchum daughter of hers get knocked up at 15 because even though she knew about condoms she was 15 dammit and too embarrased to get any or demand her fella used one or remember all of this after too many watermelon breezers. let her moralise after said daughter is too afraid to ask her for permission and in not being able to get access to emergency contraception instead ends up traumatised by a)unwanted abortion or b)unwanted kid and dr c as the all-knowing adult she is gets to look after the end result.

other suitable contestants for this show are people who say that refugees should 'go through the proper channels and learn english before they come here' and get to face their machete-wielding neighbours spurred on by a dictatorial government and rice that costs a month's salaray per kilo but strangely enough no friendly australian migration centre to drop into for a chat.

T-Dog said...

Yeah totally Kato, FPWA or similar is by far the best option.

I don't think they should have to have a prescription for it, but surely some level of counselling and support is required along with the tablet.

The kids shouldn't be having unprotected sex in the first place - by all means bang your boxes off, just be safe about it. Which is what I think Angry the Mole-Doctor was attempting to get across in a mangled kind of way.

my name is kate said...

You love her, don't you t-dog, you want to have her pale-skinned babies...