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Advancing maternal justice on both sides of the Atlantic

October 13, 2020


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October 12, 2020

maternal injustice “…..disadvantages people by making it harder to make healthier choices.” In addition to the many sweeping generalisations in this alleged “medical advice” column that sounds more like a political platform, are we supposed to believe that BIPOCS are incapable of making healthy choices? Why is that? Could it be that their negative family background did not educate or prepare them for childbirth? Or that they are a single mom with no husband to support her and her foetus because her sexual life is random and promiscuous–and thus more susceptible to disease? Or is she using drugs which harms both her and the foetus? Before we start throwing labels like ‘racist ‘ around, surely we must ask where personal responsibility ends and societal intervention begins? I am all for ensuring that the baby is born onto an optimal environment , but we need a clearer diagnosis Doctors, before laying all this blame on the non-BIPOCS. And if the fault lies with Institutional Racism, then how do we change the Health Care Institutions whose care should certainly be color-blind, dignified and respectful ? As a private individual, I am puzzled as to how I contribute to Maternal Injustice. More data, please, would help.

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