If the government tracks womens periods, why not track male ejaculation, too? | Arwa Mahdawi

Missouri is so concerned about womens health it keeps spreadsheets of dates of Planned Parenthood patients periods

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Missouri is keeping binders full of womens menstrual cycles

Missouri, which has a population of over 6.1 million people, has only one abortion clinic. For rightwing zealots, however, that is one too many. An administrative hearing was held this week to decide whether the state can revoke the license for Planned Parenthoods St Louis clinic; a ruling is expected in February. If the license is revoked Missouri will become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974.

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The Missouri hearing, which concluded on Thursday, has been a master class in gaslighting and misogyny. According to the Missouri department of health and senior services (DHSS), the reason they want to revoke the clinics license is because they really, really care about womens health it has absolutely nothing to do with controlling womens bodies! The DHSSs case rests on four instances of what it calls failed abortions cases where complications arose and the patient had to return to the clinic for another procedure.

As it turns out, the DHSS is so concerned about womens health it has been keeping spreadsheets tracking the date of Planned Parenthood patients periods, in an attempt to figure out which of them had undergone failed abortions. Let me just repeat that: American government officials are tracking the menstrual cycles of thousands of women. But, you know, its for their own good so dont worry about it.

Amazingly, we learned about the period spreadsheets because Dr Randall Williams, the director of DHSS clearly thinking there was a nothing creepy about the affair openly testified about them on Tuesday. Meanwhile Planned Parenthood and the doctors at the clinic had no idea these spreadsheets existed and were being used in this manner. Outrage rightly ensued.

The DHSS has responded to the controversy in the most predictable and Trumpian way possible; apparently the whole thing is fake news. The health department issued a statement on Wednesday blasting irresponsible reporting that has led to false claims that Dr Randall Williams tracks the menstrual cycles of women seeking abortions at Planned Parenthood.

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The real story, according to the statement, is that a concern came up that DHSS may not be receiving complication reports for all failed surgical abortions, as required by law. Without a directive from Dr Randall Williams, regulators devised a means to efficiently investigate that concern using legally-obtained information which was required by law and which Planned Parenthood routinely submits.

Honestly, I have to give a round of applause to whoever drafted that statement: it contains so much spin that it makes you dizzy just reading it. However, despite their best attempts at obfuscation the DHSS also makes clear that, yes, these spreadsheets exist. But theyre completely legal so theres nothing to see here.

Missouris DHSS isnt the only government department documenting womens menstrual cycles, by the way. As Planned Parenthood noted in a statement, the spreadsheet controversy shadows the Trump administrations history of tracking the periods of refugee girls under the governments care. But again, the only reason the Trump administration has been doing this is because they want to protect these vulnerable women.

You know what? Maybe Im being too cynical here. Maybe all these period spreadsheets really are just meant to protect women and keep them healthy. In that case, I think it is only right we extend the same courtesy to men. A female director of a health agency ought to keep track of when men last ejaculated and ensure they are not wasting their sperm on non-babymaking endeavours. We can call it The Ejaculist. Im sure the men of America will be touched at the governments concern for their wellbeing.

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