Women Battle 'Birth Rape'
Uncaring, brutal exams can traumatize laboring moms
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2010 3:03 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The mothers of the world are mad, and they're not going to take it anymore. A growing movement against "birth rape" is placing institutions on notice that women in labor oppose any vaginal intrusion by "fingers, hands, suction cups, forceps, needles and scissors" without consent, notes the Sydney Morning Herald. Uncaring, sometimes brutal physical examinations often traumatize vulnerable laboring women, notes birthtalk.com, which defines "birth rape" as anything that "crosses decent boundaries."

Critics have called the assumption that doctors can examine women in labor whenever and how ever they please "institutional violence against women." One blogger complained: "The tools of birth rape are wielded with as much force and as little consent as if a stranger grabbed a passer-by off the street and tied her up before having his way with her."

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Matthew Chiglinsky
Jan 30, 2011 2:56 PM CST
Birth rape is the reason why pelvic exams (http://agalltyr.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/a-pelvic-exam-is-rape/) are wrong. The only person who should have any contact with a woman's sexual organs is her husband.
Hershey-Squirts
Sep 10, 2010 8:43 PM CDT
So, is the baby that's about to be plopping out considered a "birth rapist?"
armywife
Sep 10, 2010 5:14 AM CDT
judithica - you clearly didnt read any of my earlier comments (and who can blame you with a thread this long) or you'd know that i agree with you. i completely understand why these women felt 'raped' and violated and i'd like to have the situation fixed. what i also have come to realize by checking in on this thread over the past few days is that the use of the the word "rape" in conjunction with this issue tends to distract and confuse people. perhaps you've noticed how people get fixated on how they think it's not a rape in the traditional sense of the word and they dont even get around to trying to understand what these women mean and want - which is that they feel violated and want it to stop. near as i can tell, you and i are on the same side of this issue, i just happen to think that addressing and fixing the issue is more important than what we call the issue, and if the name "birth rape" is eclipsing the issue, then change it so we can focus people's attention on the actual problem. that's all my last two posts meant. i think you did a good job of explaining and defending the women's feelings and it was nice to see you and others like Toon on here with me standing up for them.