Wednesday, February 3, 2010

On a very serious note...

I don't normally blog about political or ethical issues, but today I'm going to make an exception. I just read about this over at the "Bored Mommy" blog, and I want the women around me to be aware.

The gist of it is that, in Canada, it is standard practice for teaching hospitals to allow medical students to practice performing pelvic exams on non-consenting, unconscious women during or immediately after other surgical procedures.

Here's an article from the Globe and Mail about it. As somebody who recently underwent the sort of surgery discussed in the article, I am particularly upset. I've got an appointment with my surgeon next week and you can be sure that I'll be asking him about it. Because poking around in my nether's without my knowledge for the purpose of "practice" is nothing short of medical rape, in my opinion.

This is a secret that has to get out. It's a practice that has to stop. If you're a Canadian and you read this, please pass the message on to the women that you know.


  1. I read that on yahoo news and I was like what the hell? That practice is wrong on so many levels.

  2. WHAT?!?

    I am going to ask husband about this when he comes home. That is disgusting! I feel nasty and violated for all women


  3. Seriously? That is so disturbing!!!

    I recall reading in the past about a midwifery school where the students would do pelvic exams on each other for the practice - that sounds like a much better idea!