Does anyone see anything wrong with this title? I mean sure, we can add other value judgments and say maybe that criminals’ lives don’t matter, as much. Or perhaps terrorists? Surely their lives don’t matter, as much – compared to those doing good in the world. But those are relative comparisons and still don’t affect the overall message.
If you believe in the sanctity of life or truly practice any form of religion, then it is hard to get away from this statement. And I would expand it beyond the limitation of only human lives and say this applies to all life – humans, animals, plants, etc.
A strange thing happened, which is why I brought this up today. This phrase was used as an accusation that I was diluting a conversation because I put forth the implied notion that all lives matter when that person believed the subject had to be restricted to only women in certain situations, specifically health care treatment.
So how did we get from point A to point Z? Good question.
You see, it’s like this. An article was posted on a social media platform that can be summed up in its opening sentence: “Every year, thousands of women suffer life-altering injuries or die during childbirth because hospitals and medical workers skip safety practices known to head off disaster . . .” I’ve no doubt this is true, and bad medical practice has not only been a topic of many articles I’ve gotten published, but it is a pet peeve of mine as an RN who was dedicated to providing safe and quality nursing care.
So, I responded with posting links to two other articles. The first was a general article about the annual number of deaths in America attributed to preventable medical negligence. We’re talking 200,000 to 400,000 preventable deaths caused by medical negligence each and every year in this country – shocking!
The second was an article about how a medical device company actually pays doctors to get them to use an implantable birth control device that has injured women. This article was more specifically related to the topic of women receiving bad health care in relation to reproductive care.
So far so good.
Then a woman posted a comment about women receiving inferior medical care and claimed that men would automatically receive better care. I pointed out that in my 24 years of experience in the medical arena I did not always find this to be true. I observed, more generally, that people with better insurance receive better care, and I’ve witnessed plenty of men receiving inferior care as well.
The response was that plenty of research studies (none were cited) demonstrated women receive worse care than men and that person did not appreciate me “derailing” the conversation with my “all lives matter” comments. Humm, let that sink in a little. I will also note that the original person starting the discussion did not seem to have issues with the topic being broadened a bit.
I responded that I didn’t think I was derailing anything. Remember, I agree with the posting. Many women do receive sub-standard health care. I just added that I was a first-hand witness to people of all sexes, races and ethnicities being treated badly in health care, and in general, health care can be a pretty iffy gamble for everyone.
What’s the deal here? Was the objection related to trying to label the biggest victim? Hey look at me, my group is treated worse than yours! Is this some type of a bragging point? I don’t know.
What I do know is I switched careers and became an attorney to specifically fight for anyone victimized by bad medical practice. I advocated for my patients, women and men, when I was a nurse. And I did the same as an attorney. In fact, most of the medical malpractice law suits I handled involved women and children clients. I support and have actually fought for women’s issues.
I’m not interested in labeling and segregating and trying to make claims about who might be the biggest victim of something. I realize that all people are not treated fairly. I realize there is real bigotry in this country and it can play out in all sorts of fashions.
I don’t believe, to be politically correct, that anyone should be expected to acknowledge only certain forms of discrimination over others. I believe all people should be treated equally, and as an RN and compassionate human being, yes, all lives matter. Sorry, I don’t see that as a deficiency.
Photo: I found this photo on the Internet in the public domain. I traced it back to an online publication called Missouri Blogspot. I had my own picture of an elk in Missouri, but it was an old photograph from the 70s and was very blurred out in my attempts to upload it to the computer. The reason I wanted that Elk was it was actually in a fenced wildlife enclosure run by the state. The week after I took its picture some idiot used the same observation platform I used to photograph it in order to shoot it with a bow and arrow to kill it. The moron just wanted to kill something apparently and left the body of the defenseless caged animal there. All lives matter and play their role in the ecosystem.
BTW: I posted this under the topic of health, but I suppose it could go under the topics of society or even politics. It’s one of those issues that bleeds over into many subject classifications, but since the original discussion came out of a dialog on health care I placed it there 🙂