After HolliResist was forced to obtain her husband's signature for a hysterectomy, hundreds of women called out the sexist practices that still cloud medicine.
In 2020, you would think that women would finally be allowed to make decisions about their bodies by themselves without the interference of a man. However, it appears that it still isn't possible. Recently, a woman who wished to have her tubes tied was told she would have to get her husband's signature in order to undergo the procedure. Welcome to the modern age, people, when women continue to be sub-human. The woman, known as HolliResist on Twitter, took to the social media platform to share her experience. Her story has since gone viral, with many other women joining in to condemn the archaic practice.
Uploading a photo of her best resting b*tch face, Holli wrote on Twitter, "My OB-GYN just said if I want my tubes tied electively then my husband's signature is also required on the release form. I asked her if that was a law, she said it's not but it's their policy. My face has been stuck like this for 15 minutes. I'm f*cking pissed." Since it was first posted, her tweet has received over 205,600 likes and has been retweeted over 25,000 times. Hundreds of users, too, have joined in on the conversation in order to share their own experiences or just voice their opinions about the oppressive and sexist policy.
My OBGYN just said if I want my tubes tied electively then my husbands signature is also required on the release form.— Holli Would 🖕🏼💋 (@HolliResists) February 24, 2020
I asked her if that was a law, she said it's not but it's their policy.
My face has been stuck like this for 15 minutes.
I'm fucking pissed. pic.twitter.com/5nay09f8jv
Leah Torres, a sex-positive OB-GYN replied, "[This is a] dangerous policy to have that opposes informed consent and patient autonomy." Eugene Gu, another trained doctor, added, "Every OBGYN must know that every adult woman at least 18-years-old or above, with no mental competence issues and the ability to give informed consent, should make all the medical decisions involving her own body without needing permission from her husband, parents, or anyone... The fact that this OB-GYN does not believe that an adult woman can make her own independent medical decisions may not be illegal but is medically unethical and extremely patriarchal. It’s scary to know that doctors violate their oath like this all the time just because they can."
My OB/GYN told me he doesn't tie tubes unless you have 2 kids. I told him I'd gladly take my business to another OB if I wanted my tubes tied at any time. He looked at me crazy. Only person that owns this uterus is me. These doctors crazy as hell.— Walker Stalker (@WalkerStalker18) February 25, 2020
My two kids & I had finally escaped a monster, & I was able to obtain a divorce, with the help of a domestic violence program, & my doctor fixed his mouth to say he didn't want to tie my tubes, because I "MIGHT meet a man who wants kids." pic.twitter.com/N7pm5VXnqP— Minnie Plush (@PlushMinnie) February 25, 2020
Other users chimed in with their own trysts with "casual" sexism when visiting the doctor. For instance, Twitter user ChaliceBlythe posted, "Despite having a uterine tumor the size of my fist causing me to nearly bleed to death, my constant requests for hysterectomy were ignored (you may want kids later!) and the emergency surgery I had was a mere bandaid. Now guess who's growing avoidable tumors again?" Some people had heartwarming stories about how their husbands or fathers stuck up for them or their mothers. ShelbyAnneM101 stated, "My mom miscarried in 1970, was hemorrhaging, and was heading into surgery. She asked for a tubal while she was under and the doctor left the operating room to 'counsel' my dad before dad gave his permission. I remember my dad yelling, 'It's her body, do what she said, what is wrong with you?'"
Some suggested that HolliResist claim a violation of privacy under HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. MarthaDee12 noted, "When a person is getting treatment of any kind, the facility cannot confirm to anyone, husband or otherwise, of their presence." While a medical practitioner cannot be forced to complete the procedure, this could be a possible workaround. Nonetheless, no one should have to be well-versed in medical law to exert autonomy over their bodies or medical decisions. It's time to remind sexist doctors that they aren't in the 50s anymore. *Facepalm*