It would seem that my FaceBook feed has become noticeably more polarizing in the last few days. Mostly because I have friends all over the political spectrum and all are just as vocal as I am.
Over the last day or so, I have seen a photo pop up a few times:
There’s only one little problem with this… it would appear that it was never said by the President. The only info I can find on this particular quote is from postings and repostings on Tumblr. According to ONE link, the quote was made by a poster (Anneutral)* on a forum in response to Rick Santorum’s opinion on Women’s Health.
What exactly is Women’s Health? Obviously, it depends greatly on whom you ask. In my opinion, Women’s Heath is taking care of the organs of the female, making sure they are functioning properly. To me, Women’s Health is caring for the well-being of the breast, cervix, Uterus, Ovaries, and Fallopian Tubes. It is not about pregnancy prevention or about fertility suppression.
To another, Women’s Heath does encompass pregnancy prevention (by any means, including hormonal and non-hormonal birth control and sterilization) along with the care of the organs of the woman. For this person, hormonal birth control does more than prevent ovulation and therefore pregnancy, but it also treats the painful symptoms of endometriosis and PCOS. (Treats the symptoms, but is not a cure, mind you.)
Still another may wonder why we need a separate designation for WOMEN’S health care. After all, if women want to be treated and equal to men, shouldn’t this argument just be about… Health Care? Why should Women’s Health Care be more special or important than the Care of Men or Children?
All of that brings us to the question: What is Health Care?
The prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions
The Health Care debate, like all other debates in modern culture, is rife with opinions, points and counter-points and we are all caught in the middle with nowhere to go.
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*And it would appear that “Anneutral got it from another picture of Obama saying the quote. The Source of the Quote is still Unknown. See comment #51 and #52
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