Monday, March 09, 2009

Internation Womens Day - and the beat goes on.

As important as celebrating where we've been, is looking at where we're going interests me more.

Michelle and many others have written fantastic posts on International Womens Day, but I saw nothing that grabbed my attention, until I read this.

Obama is reversing the Bush administrations blocking of funding of research using embryonic stem-cells.

Let's be honest: It's contraversial. Some people are going to be up-in-arms about it. And I can understand that.

But let'as be clear: These are embryos that have been donated by the only people who should have say in what happens to them: The women and man whose egg and sperm created them.


"The Obama administration took aim at another controversial Bush administration policy on Friday, vowing to rescind a rule that would allow health care workers to deny medical care such as birth control or abortion to patients if it clashes with their morals."

Good. As I've said before, no woman should have to die because of the religious beliefs of her doctor. If you are a medical practicioner and you think your religious beliefs might impede upon your ability to perform the safest, least invasive, most appropriate procedure on a patient (And if you're Catholic, there will be times when this is the case), you should make sure that you practice in a field where those scenarios don't occur. There are plenty out there.

But before we pat Obama too hard on the back, let's remember that he's only undoing the anti-choice, anti-science, anti-woman legislation passed by (and the pro-choice, pro-science legislation blocked by) Bush. He's not doing anything corageous, just what is right.

But it's a start. And it's more than I'd hoped for.


Jayne said...

It's a damn big step and one I'm bloody happy to see being taken.
Actually, for awhile there I thought The Handmaid's Tale was going to come true!

Emervents said...

Sometimes, in order to do the right thing, one has to be very courageous indeed. Given the power of the Christian Right in the US, I reckon Obama has nads of steel. I wish him luck with the backlash :-(

Keri said...

Emervents - That's a good point. Although the Christian Right has really only gathered the steam it now has because Bush kindled and encouraged the smoke signals they choke us all with.

Jayne - I'm happy too. But with a caveat - it isn't anything that shouldn't already be in place.

But happy, yes.