“This week a brazilian woman was taken by force by police from her home while in labor. Her crime? Refusing a repeat cesarean and having the audacity to insist that she – the pregnant woman – had the highest investment in her health, her baby’s health, and the outcome of her pregnancy. Her sentence was a court order handed down from a judge that would force her to undergo major abdominal surgery for the birth of her child against her will.”
I first heard about Adelir’s story about a week ago. It has been covered by many blogs and birthy sites like this here on Birth Anarchy, which I quoted above. As you can read in her history all she wanted to do was avoid major abdominal surgery and give birth vaginally….in the hospital. Her story was most recently covered by The Guardian in this article Inside the War on Natural Birth.
The more we as a society turn a blind eye to cruelty like these cases the more people that are looking after our care will feel like they have the power to make our decisions for us. I will always fight for a women’s right to make choices regarding her own body and that of her children. NO ONE is in greater position to make these decisions for her…NO ONE! It doesn’t matter if you don’t think it is a safe decision or you wouldn’t make the same decision that she does, she still has the right to make that decision about her own body.