Hopefully after reading this article, you’ll be offended. Now, I don’t hope that after people read what I write they get ticked off, but this is such a crazy story that I hope it gets some attention.
My friend Sarah posted a link to this story about how the Polish government is attempting to make pap smears mandatory. While the reason behind the government pushing for cervical smears is to help prevent cervical cancer (or catch it as early as possible) – and I admire this – mandatory gynecological exams? Really? I don’t care if they are free, I am really bothered by the fact that they’re mandatory. Instead, how about the government step up efforts to explain the importance of these exams, or even have special programs? Further, in Poland there is no push for men to undergo mandatory prostate exams (and the article notes that prostate cancer is more common than cervical cancer). If you are so inclined, the article has a link to a petition to sign to support the women who do not want this mandatory exam to be put into law.
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