medicalization has been used to commercialize some aspects of women health. For instance, rather than encouraging women to give birth naturally, doctors persuade them to seek other options. As a result, “in the US, over 30% of women deliver via C-section” (L07 Lecture). Medicalization of women’s reproductive health has also extended to practices that were once perceived as illegal. For instance, the health consequences of FGM practices are well
Surname 2 documented. Nevertheless, the campaign against FGM has turned into a health approach that medicalizes FGM both at the demand and supply side (Kimani and Shell-Duncan, 2018). The advancement of women reproductive rights depends on the actions of both men and women. To women, advancing their reproductive rights is difficult because of the complexity of their health. For instance, “women are increasingly likely to schedule a C-section in an attempt to opt-out of the painful, scary childbirth process” (L07 Lecture) Since women are willingly engaging in C-section, do they have the moral right to argue that their health has been medicalized or commercialized? No statement can give a definite answer to this question. To this
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- Summer '18
- Brett Gordon
- Reproductive rights, Medicalization, Health and Reproductive Justice