I don't enjoy reporting bad news, really. It makes me sound old and curmudgeonly. Okay, so I am old and curmudgeonly, but that's beside the point. So today I feature an exciting story from the Philadelphia Inquirer: Midwife Diane Goslin has emerged victorious from a court case in which the State of Pennsylvania accused her of practicing medicine without a license by assisting at home births. (See my previous post.) The author of the article, Angela Couloumbis, and the headline writer who created the title, Birthing Women Win Legal Decision understand that this victory is not about one person's profession, but about one of our most basic freedoms: choosing where and with whom we will give birth to our children.
I could point out that some of the rejoicing may be premature: the State is considering appealing the decision, and the court only dealt with the charge of practicing medicine, not with the problem that Pennsylvania is not among the 22 states in this country that recognize the Certified Professional Midwife license. There is cause for joy, to be sure, but not for letting down our guard. But we'll take our victories one at a time, and be thankful for daily bread even if we're not certain of next week's provision.Anything less would be curmudgeonly.
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