So What Bring’s You Here Today?

Unknown-1In Mara Buchbinder and Dragana Lassiter’s article Script, they bring up an important issue of government involvement in the dialogue between a patient and a practitioner in the event of an abortion. Legally the practitioner is supposed to inform the women of the procedure, both of the benefits and the risks. This conversation although is slightly scripted, it is meant to be informative and act as a form of consent to the procedure. To begin this conversation, the practitioner is supposed to pose it as a question of “What brings you in today?”

This poses a few issues in regards to the women, the doctor, and the states involvement. As for the women, this kind of scripted dialogue acts as a form of control over their bodies. Many clinicians avoid it due to its “performative nature” rather than being an informative practice. In the case of the doctors it has been seen as condescending. Given that there is already legal recognition of a consent form prior to this conversation. Lastly this issue was raised due to an unconstitutional proposition, that before an abortion was performed the clinician was to show the women an ultrasound and explains the image.

That states involvement and the need for scripts show another form of control. By looking at things like cultural scripts, it is easier to understand social norms and rules. In this case, it might show the beliefs imposed by the government on the attitude around abortions and the stigma still prevalent behind it.