The Fluvanna Case and the Dismissal of Women’s HealthcareTerohan Nula December 3, 2014 0 COMMENTS
Women’s health care is one of the thorniest topics that the American legislature is still grappling with; many women’s health needs are either misunderstood or denied altogether. Lawmakers defend the slow state of providing the needed measures because they’re going through the process of “fact-finding” and “verification.”This is because they need to protect the state from people who might want to benefit selfishly from the system.
It’s good that lawmakers are thinking about things before they take action, but their lack of priority is costing, and even hindering, many women from taking care of themselves. Fortunately, Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy explained that they are among the many stores that carry shelves of different medication for women’s health.
There are ten times more pills, tablets, and devices women use for gender specific conditions than men. This isn’t much of a problem when medication is within reach, but it becomes a nightmare when trapped in a place without them.
One such situation is the case of the women in the Fluvanna Correction Center for Women. Five inmates filed a complaint against the Center for violating their Eighth Amendment rights protecting them from cruel and unusual punishment.
According to the complaint, inmates consistently get the wrong dosages, and having to stand in a “pill line” for an hour under rain, snow, and heat to get needed medication. Authorities also never take medical complaints seriously, making their sentences harder than they were meant to be. This treatment is wrong on several levels, but is there anything anyone can do about them?
A Small Step is a Missed Step
The Fluvanna case decided to settle a week before it was going to court, mainly because the Center didn’t want the kind of attention a full-blown trial will attract. It’s a win for the inmates, but it’s another delay for women in similar situations. The trial would have been the media boost this movement needed to get some momentum going into the place where they write the rules.
Understandably, the Fluvanna case is a much more complicated situation, as women’s healthcare isn’t the only issue. It tackles economic and moralistic grounds on whether the state should use taxpayer dollars to support the medical needs of inmates, but that’s not the issue. If women’s healthcare weren’t such a big problem outside such institutions, there would be less to worry about with people inside them.