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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Commentary: Real Reproductive Choice: NCRegister

An interesting article about Natural Childbirth and Feminism from a Catholic perpective:

BY Agnes M. Penny

November 22-28, 2009 Issue | Posted 11/13/09 at 11:49 AM

In a country where women supposedly have won the right to reproductive health care, women are losing the right to natural childbirth without medical intervention.

That’s because feminists use the term “reproductive health care” to mean contraception and abortion. Options for women who choose to give birth are apparently irrelevant.

Why do women reject some medical technology? Perhaps because the United States, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, ranked 20th in the world in perinatal mortality in 2000 and 34th in maternal mortality in 2005, according to the World Health Organization. The technology that saves lives in emergencies will endanger lives when used routinely.

The World Health Organization maintains that a Cesarean-section rate higher than 15% indicates overuse. Yet in 2007, 29% of all babies in the United States were delivered by C-section, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. A mother who gives birth by C-section is four times more likely to die in childbirth, warns the World Health Organization, and her baby is five times more likely to require assistance breathing, reports the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services…

Commentary: Real Reproductive Choice: NCRegister

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