All the fuss about faulty breast implants has prompted me to reflect on the similarities of this issue with the abortion debate.
Clearly the scale of seriousness is different, but there are parallels.
First, I should say that I am not talking here about reconstructive surgery, but cosmetic surgery.
When a doctor agrees to undertake cosmetic surgery for trivial reasons he or she is, in my view, doing something similar to an abortionist, in this way. He is treating social and psychological problems as though a physical solution is the right answer.
Thus he is not only colluding with the superficial diagnosis of the patient ('If only I had bigger breasts, then I'd be happy/confident/loved...') but also contributing both to her not addressing the underlying issues, and also to others feeling under greater pressure to conform to undesirable social norms (that all women should aspire to look like pin-up girls).
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