THE BRILLIANT BREAKDOWN: week of march 14

A LITTLE BIRTHING UTOPIA IN TUBA CITY

There are many reasons why c-section rates are so out of control in this country. One reason for these sky high numbers is because the rates of VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean) are still abysmal even though there is no evidence to support that a second cesarean is safer than a vaginal birth. Well, to start doctors have a profit motive for performing surgery (that’s right, they make more money for performing C-Sections) and insurance companies can increase their premiums or withdraw coverage if doctors allow VBACs. Plus, because ACOG recommends that an obstetrician and an anesthesiologist be “immediately available” during labor for patients who have had a previous Caesarean just in case, smaller hospitals are unable to pay these practitioners to just hang around.

Enter Tuba City (who doesn't want to live in a place with that name?). Tuba City's hospital is run by the Navajo Nation and sees about 500 births per year. What’s so revolutionary about this place? The hospital and doctors are insured by the federal government and paid a salary, not per procedure. MIND BLOWN.

This is HUGE. This means these doctors are free to, “Think about what’s best for the patient and not what covers our butts.” Which one would think should be par for the course. But as you can see, it’s not always the case. Our system just makes it too easy for some (not all!) doctors to put liability, profit and convenience ahead of our physical and emotional well being.

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                                                                                  Art by Soosh

                                                                                  Art by Soosh

 

HB2- THE LAW THAT SOUNDS LIKE A VIRUS... BECAUSE IT Is.

As you know, the Supreme Court was rather busy this month looking at a crucial constitutional challenge to two provisions in Texas’ HB2 law. While this bill is chock full of goodies making it highly challenging for women in need to get access to safe care, the two provisions being challenged are:

  1. That doctors must obtain admitting privileges from a hospital 30 miles from the clinic where they perform abortions.
  2. Abortion clinics must comply with the same building regulations as “ambulatory surgical centers.”

What's absurd about it:

  1. Admitting privileges are at the mercy of the hospital administration so they can decline access solely on the basis that they themselves are against abortion and even more on point, abortion is one of the safest medical procedures out there, so there is no basis, no evidence, no nothing to demonstrate why this is necessary. 
  2. Unlike Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) suggests (go to 2 min and 11 sec in), there is zero need for hallways in abortion clinics to be able to fit stretchers because, stretchers aren't used in an abortion clinic. There is zero need for procedures to be done in a room set up identically to a room for brain surgery because there is no operating during an abortion.

If these provisions go into full effect, Texas would see a 75% reduction in the number of clinics serving 5.4 million women of childbearing age and this would open up a whole can of worms for states to pass similar bills - like this ONE and this ONE.

The constitutional question at hand is whether having 10 clinics to serve all these women, including many who would live 200 miles away from the nearest facility, represents an “undue burden” on the right to abortion deemed impermissible after the Casey decision. For now, it has been recommended that the Supreme Court remand this back to the lower courts for hearings, to address questions about the capacity of the remaining clinics to fill the state’s needs. Round and round we go.

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                                                                       Art by Frances Cannon

                                                                       Art by Frances Cannon

 

DEFINITELY NOT ESSURED

The FDA isn’t taking Essure, an alternative for permanent birth control, off the market just yet even though complaints include reports of the device breaking, moving and causing side effects ranging from chronic pain and bleeding to autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis and lupus. While the government seems to have a right to control our bodies when it comes to abortion, one of the safest procedures out there, they have no problem leaving it up to us as to whether we’d like a perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes (also known side effects of this birth control). Wow. #takeessureoffthemarket

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                                                                      Art by Katy Zimmerman

                                                                      Art by Katy Zimmerman

 

JUST THOUGHT WE SHOULD THROW THIS OUT THERE:

Pot-infused feminine products? Enough said. We're all for innovation but we also ALWAYS take caution when sticking something in any of our holes. We prefer to go au naturel - if your period cramps hurt too much, listen to your body, is there some kind of hormonal unbalance that's causing extreme pain? Willing to give Foria Relief it a try? Please report back.

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A great summary of why due dates are hooey and some pretty solid evidence of “convenience births” being a real thing.

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                                                                          Art by Mona Chalabi

                                                                          Art by Mona Chalabi

 

+ Brilliant Reads

Imbeciles: on the Buck v. Bell case which allowed for 70,000 state mandated sterilizations.

+ Brilliant Views

Trapped. This documentary does a fantastic job of spelling out the consequences of HB2 and how it is truly affecting our country.