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One important aspect that seems to have been largely left out of the debate on forced and unnecessarily penetrative medical procedures for women, which is becoming legally mandated in a number of states of the USA, is the role of the doctors performing these procedures. In particular, those who morally disagree with the mandate just as much as the lay folk who’ve been protesting it.

It’s not like medical professionals don’t have their own strong opinions about patient care, after all. Most of them wouldn’t be happy to simply carry blithely on with an invasive medical procedure that they thought was traumatising and unnecessary. Aren’t some of them outraged as well? Aren’t some of them standing up against this?


An anonymous medical acquaintance of John Scalzi’s has guest-posted on his blog, calling for what they call “a little old-fashioned civil disobedience”. After several points of advice as to how physicians who “should” be performing these procedures can respond ethically, here’s the conclusion:

It comes down to this: When the community has failed a patient by voting an ideologue into office… When the ideologue has failed the patient by writing legislation in his own interest instead of in the patient’s… When the legislative system has failed the patient by allowing the legislation to be considered… When the government has failed the patient by allowing something like this to be signed into law… We as physicians cannot and must not fail our patients by ducking our heads and meekly doing as we’re told.

Because we are their last line of defense.

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Today the woman at the next desk told me a fascinating story about jam, and I typed up the file of a client who was currently of “NO FIXED BOAT”.

And it’s been another long and tiring day so I’m giving myself another break. Sorry. I promise I might possibly maybe get back to writing actual blog entries tomorrow. In the meantime, today’s uber-adequate substitute for myself is sci-fi author, bacon connoisseur, and blogtathlete extraordinaire John Scalzi. If you haven’t read the account of his visit to the Creation Museum yet, then you are unacceptably far behind in your internet culture learnings. It is a thing of beauty.

I quite like this thing of subjugating my opinions to more interesting and intelligent people in other parts of the internet. Maybe I should make it a regular thing to take a week off now and then and just steer anyone looking for news from me over toward someone else instead… Wait, I got how many hits yesterday? Thirty-three? Hmm. Maybe I should keep focusing on actually being interesting myself.

My stats have plummeted since the LHC excitement all died down. Better do something controversial quickly to pick things back up. Umm… hey, show of hands, who reckons I should pose naked for a calendar? Now now, don’t all bounce up and down and squeal like fangirls at once… (Is it obvious that I want to think I have fangirls?)

All this not-blogging is rendering me quite verbose. That’ll do.

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No, not that one. I’ve been lazy all day, and was planning to dash off a few quick paragraphs for tonight about something that caught my attention, but it turned into a long-winded and rather badly written rant, so I’m going to come back to it tomorrow, redraft it, and hopefully post something less sucktacular before the weekend is out.

In the meantime, have a trailer for a biopic of George W. Bush by Oliver Stone. Then watch Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi chatting about stuff and bacon. Awesome.

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This is my major hang-up with being srs blogger, I think. It’s the same reason why reading David Baddiel‘s book is putting me off my stride with writing my own novel, but remembering Kathy Lette spurs me on with great enthusiasm. My confidence does tend to be very easily shaken by other people doing what I’m trying to do, only better than I could ever imagine myself doing it. And often, when I first read a news story worth ranting about, it’s because someone like Scalzi’s already fisked it right proper. One of my highlights:

And that’s why, you see, it won’t be a problem for Bill O’Reilly to refer to Barack Obama as “my nigga” on the next O’Reilly Factor.

I can almost believe it, too. Jesus fucking Christ, Fox News.

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Have you met John Scalvi?

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