The selective use of “women’s health”

And yet, we see nothing amiss in promoting—nay, pushing—“women’s health” in the form of encouraging girls at younger and younger ages to start dosing themselves with extra hormones, and by requiring insurance companies to provide such “medical” necessities free of charge. America’s female elite sees nothing amiss in popping their morning mini-pill before heading out to their gardens to cultivate their own vegetables or picking up the most recent edition of Backyard Poultry.

Something is wrong with this picture. Because, conversely, much research suggests that pregnancy and children are actually good for women. Breastfeeding, for example, is associated with a reduced risk in breast cancer, as is having children before the age of 30. Having children, some studies show, seems to bring about longevity and better health. And the more children a woman has, the more likely she is to have a long life. We hear none of this in government pronouncements on “women’s health.”

Quote source

King, N.M. (2014). Why Hobby Lobby is not About Women’s Health. MercatorNet. Available Last accessed 21st Feb 2015.


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