People are people are people

Mike B commented:

Yesterday, my partner and I listened to a long segment on NPR on abortion. Not once was the word “woman” used. In its place, “somebody,” “a person/people,” “patient.” The verbal gymnastics was astonishing, like watching horses run an obstacle course.

So I went looking. I found a segment from today, so not the one Mike listened to (unless they tweaked the date), but it fits the description – the only use of “woman” is in the name of a women’s center, which NPR is not at liberty to “correct.” Other than that, zilch. What we get instead is:

Following the leaked Supreme Court decision that suggests Roe v. Wade will be overturned, many Americans of childbearing age are wondering what they can do now to prepare for that possibility.

Robin Marty is the operations director for the West Alabama Women’s Center, and the author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America. Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosely is a practicing OB-GYN and the CEO of Power to Decide, a sexual health and planning nonprofit. They both joined NPR’s All Things Considered to provide some guidance on what reproductive healthcare might look like in the future, and how people can keep themselves informed and prepared if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

NPR whispers that the interview has been “lightly edited” – I’m betting that means all mentions of women changed to People or Americans or Cunt-havers.

On what options a pregnant person has in an anti-abortion state:

Robin Marty: There are a number of different options that a person can undergo. Some of them involve trying to go to a clinic outside of their state. That requires research.

Their state? Her state.

There are abortion funds and practical support groups that can help provide financial assistance and logistical support. But also, what we’re seeing is that most people, especially in the South, have an immense amount of difficulty to be able to afford all of the bus tickets, plane tickets, time off of work. That’s simply not going to be doable for a lot of them.

Women. Most women have an immense amount of difficulty. This burden falls on women. Men can of course share it, but for them it’s optional. For women it’s inside their own bodies. The burden is on women.

Robin Marty: I actually put together a checklist of questions that people can ask their doctors. So it’s a checklist that a person can go through and say, ‘How do you feel about abortion?’

Woman is a dirty word now.

Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosely: I just wanted to chime in from a medical perspective and point out, realizing that someone may not have the opportunity to fully vet a provider, it’s important to realize that if someone is having prolonged bleeding, or may need medical attention after having a medication abortion, with medications that they obtained themselves, or with the care of a provider, that very much looks like a miscarriage. So someone can potentially present to an emergency room and to their provider and say, ‘I’m having cramping and bleeding, and I had a positive pregnancy test’, and receive the care that they need without having to reveal that they have taken abortion medications.

It’s women who have to deal with this. If it were men, there would be nothing to deal with.

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